Mesa del Cobre

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Mesa del Cobre
The schoolhouse of Mesa del Cobre
The schoolhouse of Mesa del Cobre
Coordinates: 20°21′0″N 104°1′0″W / 20.35000°N 104.01667°W / 20.35000; -104.01667Coordinates: 20°21′0″N 104°1′0″W / 20.35000°N 104.01667°W / 20.35000; -104.01667
Country Mexico
State Jalisco
Foundation 1890
Government
 • Type Municipal Agency
 • Municipal Agent Librado Guerrero Díaz
 • Sub-agent Samuel Díaz Nuñez
Elevation 590 m (1,940 ft)
Population (2010)
 • Total 44
 • Demonym Meseño
Time zone Central Standard Time (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) Central Daylight Time (UTC-5)

Mesa del Cobre is a town in the municipality of San Martín de Hidalgo in the Mexican state of Jalisco, approximately 2 hours southwest of Guadalajara.

Toponymics[edit]

The official name of Mesa del Cobre (meaning “The Copper Mesa” ) comes from its copper-orange colored soil. The town sits on top of a mesa, hence the name Mesa del Cobre. The nearest communities to Mesa del Cobre are El Cobre and Lagunillas, which reside 2 kilometers to the east. The population of Mesa del Cobre is about 50 as of 2005. The city was founded in 1890 by land settlers in nearby cities looking for farm land. The town used to be a forest until it was settled in 1890.

Economy[edit]

Most of its economy depends on agriculture. 90% of it is the export of agave for the production of tequila, sábila and corn.

Tourism[edit]

The Cerro El Huehuentón (8399 ft.) is the highest elevated point in the Sierra de Quila that surrounds the town and is visited by more than 500 people a year.

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