Batopilas, Chihuahua

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Batopilas
Town
Batopilas is located in Mexico
Batopilas
Batopilas
Location in Mexico
Coordinates: 27°1′36″N 107°44′22″W / 27.02667°N 107.73944°W / 27.02667; -107.73944
Country  Mexico
State Chihuahua
Municipality Batopilas
Population (2010)
 • Total 1,220

Batopilas (Spanish About this sound  ) is a small town, and seat of the surrounding municipality of the same name, in the Mexican state of Chihuahua, located along the Batopilas River at the bottom of one of the canyons that make up the Copper Canyon. As of 2010, the town of Batopilas had a population of 1,220. Its elevation above sea level is 578 metres (1,896 ft). The town is situated in a narrow valley, bordered by steep canyon walls.[1] It was declared a Pueblo Mágico on October 19, 2012.

Batopilas was a prominent silver-mining center from the 17th to the early 20th century.

History[edit]

The ruins of the Hacienda San Miguel in Batopilas (2005).

Batopilas was established by Spanish conquistadores starting in 1632 as a center for silver mining. Over the centuries scores of hugely productive silver mines have been dug in the area; one estimate (Wilson and Panczner) is that mines in the area have produced seven times as much silver as come from the famous silver mine of Kongsberg, Norway. Little mining is now done.

Large fortunes were made, most visibly reflected in a castle-like home, called the Hacienda San Miguel, that Alexander Robey Shepherd, the last governor of Washington, D.C., had built after leaving the United States in 1875. It stands across the river from the center of the village and has long been in ruins. As of 2006 it is occupied by a number of local families that give tours to visitors for a small fee.

Batoplias is the subject of an extended, discursive, but highly charged conversation between actors Marlon Brando and Alex Montoya in a pulqueria in the 1966 Hollywood movie The Appaloosa.

The Satevo Mission near Batopilas, often called the "Lost Mission" (2005).

Geography[edit]

The main connection to the outside world is a five-hour bus connection to Creel, half of which occurs on an unpaved mountain road.

The Satevo mission, featuring a large church built four centuries ago with a mysterious past, is 8 kilometers from Batopilas, along the Batopilas River.

Climate[edit]

The climate of Batopilas falls on the boundaries of three climatic types: Aw, tropical savanna; Csa, Mediterranean, sub-tropical with dry summers, and BS. semi-arid steppe. Using the Koppen climatic classification system the climate is Csa. However, using the Trewartha climate classification system the climate is BShl: semi-arid steppe with hot summers and mild winters.

Climate data for Batopilas, Chihuahua
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 34.5
(94.1)
39.0
(102.2)
40.0
(104)
45.0
(113)
45.5
(113.9)
45.0
(113)
44.0
(111.2)
42.0
(107.6)
44.0
(111.2)
41.5
(106.7)
37.0
(98.6)
34.0
(93.2)
45.5
(113.9)
Average high °C (°F) 24.5
(76.1)
26.9
(80.4)
29.3
(84.7)
33.6
(92.5)
37.1
(98.8)
39.1
(102.4)
34.5
(94.1)
33.8
(92.8)
34.4
(93.9)
33.3
(91.9)
29.2
(84.6)
24.5
(76.1)
31.7
(89.1)
Daily mean °C (°F) 17.0
(62.6)
19.1
(66.4)
21.7
(71.1)
25.5
(77.9)
29.0
(84.2)
31.6
(88.9)
28.6
(83.5)
28.3
(82.9)
28.0
(82.4)
26.0
(78.8)
21.9
(71.4)
17.9
(64.2)
24.5
(76.1)
Average low °C (°F) 9.8
(49.6)
11.2
(52.2)
14.1
(57.4)
17.5
(63.5)
21.0
(69.8)
23.9
(75)
22.5
(72.5)
22.2
(72)
21.6
(70.9)
18.6
(65.5)
14.5
(58.1)
11.1
(52)
2.5
(36.5)
Record low °C (°F) 2.5
(36.5)
−5.0
(23)
5.5
(41.9)
8.0
(46.4)
10.0
(50)
16.5
(61.7)
19.0
(66.2)
19.0
(66.2)
15.0
(59)
11.0
(51.8)
6.5
(43.7)
−4.5
(23.9)
−5
(23)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 44.0
(1.732)
25.0
(0.984)
22.0
(0.866)
5.0
(0.197)
8.0
(0.315)
50.0
(1.969)
157.0
(6.181)
153.0
(6.024)
76.0
(2.992)
43.0
(1.693)
22.0
(0.866)
55.0
(2.165)
660.0
(25.984)
Average precipitation days (≥ 0.1 mm) 3.5 2.3 1.6 0.7 0.9 5.8 17.0 14.4 8.2 3.3 2.4 3.9 64.0
Source: Batopilas, Chihuahua[2]

Sources[edit]

  • Wendell E. Wilson, Christopher S. Panczner, "Famous Mineral Localities: the Batopilas District, Chihuahua, Mexico," The Mineralogical Record, 17(1):61-80, 1986 January-February.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Batopilas". Catálogo de Localidades. Secretaría de Desarrollo Social (SEDESOL). Retrieved 23 April 2014. ; Google Earth
  2. ^ "Travel Weather Averages". Weatherbase. Retrieved February 10, 2017. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 27°01′36″N 107°44′22″W / 27.02667°N 107.73944°W / 27.02667; -107.73944