Atotonilco El Alto
|Atotonilco El Alto|
|Municipality and city|
Location of the municipality in Jalisco
|• Total||638.15 km2 (246.39 sq mi)|
Atotonilco (pronounced ah-toh-toh-NEAL-co) means "place of hot waters", in Náhuatl. "El Alto"("The High One") was later added in honor of those who died in the Cristero War in the early 1920s.
As of 2005, the municipality had a total population of 51,798.
The town was first established by the Tarasco Indians in late 1400, according to Tarascan myth. The region was conquered in June 1530 by the Nuño de Guzmán. Martin del Campo was the first encomendero and the evangelization of the region was entrusted to the Franciscans. Atotonilco in 1551 was given in encomienda to the conquistador Andrés de Villanueva. In November 1824 the State Congress ruled that the village of Atotonilco hereafter would have the title of town, and would also be the head of the department which includes Arandas and Ayotlán. On May 15, 1868 the governor of Jalisco, Antonio Gómez Cuervo, elevated the status of Atotonilco to a city, which it retains to this day.
Atotonilco El Alto municipality
has 112 towns of Milpillas, Atotonilco El Alto, La Santa Rosa, La Cofradia, San Francisco de Asís, Santa Elena, La Guadalupana, San Joaquin, El, Ojo de Agua de Morán, El Agua Caliente, El Nacimiento, San Jose del Valle, San Joaquin, San Antonio de Fernandez, Nuevo Valle, Margaritas, La Purisma, Los Adobes and mores.
Facts about Atotonilco El Alto, Jalisco
- The people from here are famously considered the most beautiful in all of Mexico, based on many Miss Universe contestants hailing from this region. 
- Most played sport: Futbol and Charreria
- One of the best selling products are: Tequila.
- The holy patroness of Atotonilco El Alto is Our Lady of Los Altos.
- This was one of the places in highlands of Jalisco where the Cristero War took place during the 1920s.
- Most Imported products from Atotonilco El Alto are Tequila Don Julio, Rompope Atotonilli  and Tequila 7 Leguas Blanco.
- A 12 meter mural of an overlook of the town of Atotonilco is on display at Tacolicious restaurant, Palo Alto, California.
- Maria Luisa de la Pena, Mexican Roman Catholic nun and Founder of Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles.
- José Trinidad Sepúlveda Ruiz-Velasco, Bishop of San Juan de los Lagos, Jalisco.
- General Enrique Gorostieta was killed here during the Cristero War.
- "Atotonilco El Alto". Enciclopedia de los Municipios de México. Instituto Nacional para el Federalismo y el Desarrollo Municipal. Retrieved April 13, 2009.
- "Rompope Atotonilli". product Eggnog ATOTONILLI from Atotonilco El Alto. Owner of Company. Retrieved present. Check date values in: