La Piedad

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La Piedad
Location of La Piedad in Michoacán
Location of La Piedad in Michoacán
Municipality La Piedad
 • Mayor Jose Padilla Alfaro
Population (2010)[1]
 • Total 99,837
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)

La Piedad de Cabadas is a city and its surrounding municipality (La Piedad municipality) located at Coordinates: 20°20′N 102°01′W / 20.333°N 102.017°W / 20.333; -102.017 in the north-west of the Mexican state of Michoacán, bordering Jalisco and Guanajuato. The original colonial name was San Sebastián. It is bordered by the town of Santa Ana Pacueco, Guanajuato. Both towns straddle the Lerma River. La Piedad's population was 99,837 inhabitants in the 2010 census (250,000 including its metropolitan area). The municipality has an area of 284.11 km² (109.7 sq mi). It is bordered by the states of Jalisco and Guanajuato.


La Piedad, "north door" of the state of Michoacán, surrounding the Lerma river, has limits at the north with the municipalities of Degollado, Jalisco and Pénjamo, Guanajuato; at the east with the municipality of Numarán, Michoacán; at the south with the municipalities of Zináparo, Churintzio, and Ecuandureo, Michoacán; and at the west with the municipality of Yurécuaro.

The municipality is connected through roads and highways with cities in the Mexican states of Jalisco, Guanajuato, and of course, the rest of Michoacán.

Distances and average driving times:


In the 12th century Aztecas moved away from Aztlan looking for a new land to settle. In this travel they founded several towns. Zula (meaning quails territory) was one of this towns established on the shore of the Lerma river.

On 1380, Tariácuri purepecha's king, conquered the town of Zula and named it Aramutaro, which means place with caves.

Almost two centuries later, Antonio de Villarroel serving Nuño de Guzmán took control of the town on the San Sebastian's day of 1530 (January 20), so renaming the town as "San Sebastián de Aramutarillo".

From 1530 to 1687, San Sebastian was in total oblivion, victim of slavery and ignorance; nevertheless there were two historic facts, which changed course for the town, one political affair and another religious matter.

The religious matter refers to a finding of a branch from a tree resembling a Christ on the cross. This happened the midnight of Christmas Eve on a place called Buena Huerta. The towns in its surrounding asked for the Christ image to be taken to theirs churches. San Sebastián de Aramutarillo was selected to keep the Christ image. After that, the Christ image was called "Señor de La Piedad" (Lord of Mercy).

The political affair was the movement of political offices from Tlazazalca to San Sebastian de Aramutarillo. This causes that many people came to offer merchandise, crafts, etc. In this way the town was officially founded in 1692, when Juan López de Aguirre named it as La Piedad.


Places of interest include the town center with its beautiful kiosco (bandstand) built with quarried stone, the gateways, and the Señor de La Piedad church, which boasts perhaps the biggest dome in the country. Also of note are the Cabadas Bridge and the 30-metre-high El Salto waterfall. The local zoo and "La torre de la gaviota" located at the Sun City neighborhood, are also places of interest in La Piedad.

There are also urban parks such as Morelos Park and La Placa park. The city is famous because of its colorful Rebozos, and the singer José Alfredo Jiménez made it more famous with the song "El Perro Negro" ("The Black Dog").

There are hotels from 3 to 5 stars in the city.


La Piedad is a hub for agricultural products. The town was once known as the center of the Mexican pork industry, and still plays an important part in that industry. However, La Piedad has recently moved its economy towards textiles. Major textil manufacturers include Olmeca, Marval and Manriquez. Surrounding towns are Santa Ana, Yurecuaro, Degollado, Numaran, and Ecuandureo. La Piedad is also the headquarters for veterinary pharmaceuticals company LaPisa and industrial turbine manufacturer Turbomaquinas and Famaq. Also there is an important candy factory named Cabadas and sausage factories like Nu-tres, Delta and Bafar (former Parma). Most companies are family owned and operated. These are Saldaña and García, the latter owns Turbomaquinas S.A. de C.V., FAMAQ, Turboaleaciones S.A. de C.V. and the former owns Grupo Kasto.

There are 569 companies registered in the municipality, which puts La Piedad in the top four cities in the state with the greatest number of companies, after Morelia, Uruapan, and Zamora.

Ferromex Railway and Kansas City Southern de México crosses La Piedad allowing other companies to settle around in the future.


Currently the municipality has pre-school institutions, elementary, middle and high school, and the following 6 colleges:

Additionally there is a House of Culture, the cultural center piedadense and the Higher School of Music.


  • TV channels - There are 2 local channels, Videa TV and TV La Piedad (there is also a cable service)
  • Radio stations in FM and AM
  • Newspapers - there are local and state newspapers.
  • Internet



  • 1940–1941 PRI Ezequiel Martínez Aguilar
  • 1942 PRI Dr. Rafael Aceves Alvarado
  • 1943 PRI Roberto Chavolla Bernúdez
  • 1944 PRI Miguel Camarena Pérez
  • 1944–1945 PRI Antonio Licea Luna
  • 1946 PRI Manuel Rodríguez Guillen
  • 1946 PRI Angel Pichardo
  • 1947 PRI José Arroyo Domínguez
  • 1948 PRI J. Reyes Rojas
  • 1949–1950 PRI José Villegas Hernández
  • 1951 PRI Luis Trillo Meza
  • 1952 PRI Carlos Avila Escoto
  • 1953 PRI Luis Trillo Meza
  • 1954 PRI Carlos López Gallegos
  • 1955 PRI Ing. José García Castillo
  • 1956 PRI Agustín Belmonte Belmonte
  • 1957–1958 PRI Lic. Pedro Elorza Aguilar
  • 1959 PRI Ricardo Guerrero Celedón
  • 1960–1961 PRI Benjamín Torres Rojas
  • 1962 PRI José Villegas Hernández
  • 1963–1964 PRI Dr. Javier García Castillo
  • 1965 PRI Agustín Belmonte Munguía
  • 1966–1968 PRI José Luis Fernández Alba
  • 1969–1971 PRI Lic. Rodolfo Ramírez Trillo
  • 1972–1974 PRI Dr. Marco Antonio Aviña
  • 1975–1976 PRI Arq. Pablo Aguilera Navarro
  • 1977 PRI C.P. Julián Morales
  • 1978–1980 PRI Lic. José Vicente Aguilar Rizo
  • 1981–1983 PRI Guillermo Alvarado Magdaleno
  • 1984–1986 PRI Guillermo Rizo Hernández
  • 1986 PRI Profr. Rogelio Baltierra Flores
  • 1987–1989 PRI José Luis Fernández Alba
  • 1990–1991 PRI Eduardo Villaseñor Peña
  • 1991–1992 PRI C.P. Alipio Bribiesca Tafolla
  • 1993–1995 PRI Ing. José Adolfo Mena Rojas
  • 1996–1998 PAN Ing. Raúl García Castillo
  • 1999–2001 PRI Ramón Maya Morales
  • 2002–2004 PRI Lic. Jaime Mares Camarena
  • 2005–2007 PAN Arturo Torres Santos
  • 2008–2011 PAN Ricardo Guzman Romero
  • 2011–2012 PAN Edber Jafet López Ávila
  • 2012–Actually PAN Hugo Anaya Ávila

Notable citizens[edit]

Many famous athletes and celebrities were born or lived in La Piedad, among these Ramon Morales, retired midfielder for C.D. Guadalajara football team as well as his brother Carlos Morales, midfielder for Santos. The frontman for Regional Mexican group "Los Razos de Sacramento y Reynaldo" Sacramento Ramirez is also from La Piedad. Jimmy Gazcon Musician and Singer living in North of California (born in the barrio of "perros bravos") Started with Grupo Los Juniors 1977- and one year later was a keyboardist of Grupo Zula funded with Ramon Hernandez Plodo (aka) "el pato". Jimmy also was keyboardist of Grupo Parlamento on 1982.

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In the city there are basketball and soccer (male and female) leagues, there are wrestling exhibitions, and the city has been the finish of the Ruta Mexico (cycling). There are two public sport centers, clubs with tennis courts, a Lienzo charro, and the Juan N. Lopez stadium.

Outside the city are the Alianza, Mercantil and Azteca clubs, where there are football fields and swimming pools.

La Piedad had a football team in Mexico's First Division in 1952-53 season, and again in 2001 Winter and 2002 Summer seasons.

Previously, C.F. La Piedad played in Ascenso MX.


La Piedad is located close to the border of three states, Michoacán, Guanajuato and Jalisco. There are three highways entering this city: Mexico highways 110, 39, and 90.

Highway 110 goes west and takes you to towns like Yurécuaro, Tanhuato, Vista Hermosa, Briseñas y La Barca, and the free-toll route to Guadalajara. Highway 39 runs south of La Piedad to Zamora, this highway goes to the toll highway 15, which goes north-south, from Nogales to Mexico City. Highway 90 runs north of La Piedad to the state of Guanajuato.

Sister cities[edit]

La Piedad has one sister cities, as designated by Sister Cities International:[2]


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