Elder Parker Thomas Alexander

Mexico, Torreon LDS Mission
June 30, 2010 - June 2012

Elder Parker Thomas Alexander
Mission Mexico Torreon
Apartado Postal 792
Coahuila, 27000 Mexico

This blog is updated weekly by Parker's family.

Monday, November 8, 2010

The City of Durango, Mexico

Note from Cami: I found some interesting facts about the City of Durango.

From a travel blog:
One thing Durango has that Mexico City or Tequila or Lagos de Moreno or the Costalegre don’t have is a golden history as the place where many beloved movies have been shot over the course of the past 100 or so years. There’s even a Museo de Cine in town.

For obvious geographical reasons, many of those movies were westerns–John Wayne was here so often he eventually bought a local ranch which was ultimately turned into a movie set. The western main street (saloon, post office, jail, etc) that served as the set for many famous western movies is now an attraction called Villa del Oeste which. For 30 pesos per person, including bus transportation from downtown, you get a blessedly tongue-in-cheek “re-enactment” of western scenes played out on the dusty main street, plus plenty of beer, snacks and food. It’s cheesy but also strangely enjoyable and we ended up surprising ourselves by being really glad we came.

From a letter to Parker after sharing the facts above:
Well son, you know how much I love John Wayne, so you must be in good country, eh? This is the place where Chisum and The Sons of Katie Elder were filmed. Both incredibly good John Wayne movies....

It also well know for it's extreme sports: kayaking, mountain biking, rapelling and free climbing...because of the big, beautiful gorges..

Wikipedia says that 45 - 50% of the population is Caucasian. Is that true?

They have a Sam's Club and a Walmart there, plus a Subway and Applebees. Woo hoo.!

Another interesting note:
There are four meeting houses in Durango and eight wards.

1 comment:

  1. Reading the WIKIPEDIA, it says 51% European, that is wrong, it should say of European descent, and more of Mediterranean-Spanish origin, not Caucasian... But, if you go to the Spanish version, it locks the ethnic origin of he population, because by law it is not a requirement to state on the census your race or ethnic origin...