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La Ojuela

Mapimí

Totally abandoned when the 1928 flood overwhelmed the riches of the Santa Rita mine, the ghost town of La Ojuela seems to have stopped in time.

Located 26 kilometers from the Pueblo Mágico de Mapim (Magical Town of Mapimí), on top of the hill of La India, La Ojuela still preserves its church, its market in ruins and other constructions that awaken the imagination and curiosity of the tourists who visit the place.

A commemorative plaque located in the north tower indicates that this engineering work was put into operation in the year 1900, during the Porfiriato. The La Ojuela suspension bridge was built in wood and steel, 95 meters high over a canyon, with the purpose of communicating the village of La Ojuela (today totally abandoned) and the Santa Rita mine, which provided the necessary wealth to justify the investment.

Engineer Wilhelm Hildenbrand carried out the design of the structure and hired John Roebling's company as supplier of the materials, who had invented a very resistant cable spinning system. Years later, these suppliers also participated in the construction of the Golden Gate in San Francisco.

The Mapimi Bridge, on the other hand, is a little over 2 meters wide (7 feet), about 300 meters long (984 feet), and is still standing after a restoration that replaced the original wooden towers with steel ones.

From the bridge, there are spectacular views of the so-called Zona del Silencio (Zone of Silence), an area located between the states of Durango, Chihuahua and Coahuila where they claim that compasses are ruined, GPS does not respond and radio signals are not transmitted.
Totally abandoned when the 1928 flood overwhelmed the riches of the Santa Rita mine, the ghost town of La Ojuela seems to have stopped in time.

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Located 26 kilometers from the Pueblo Mágico de Mapim (Magical Town of Mapimí), on top of the hill of La India, La Ojuela still preserves its church, its market in ruins and other constructions that awaken the imagination and curiosity of the tourists who visit the place.

A commemorative plaque located in the north tower indicates that this engineering work was put into operation in the year 1900, during the Porfiriato. The La Ojuela suspension bridge was built in wood and steel, 95 meters high over a canyon, with the purpose of communicating the village of La Ojuela (today totally abandoned) and the Santa Rita mine, which provided the necessary wealth to justify the investment.

Engineer Wilhelm Hildenbrand carried out the design of the structure and hired John Roebling's company as supplier of the materials, who had invented a very resistant cable spinning system. Years later, these suppliers also participated in the construction of the Golden Gate in San Francisco.

The Mapimi Bridge, on the other hand, is a little over 2 meters wide (7 feet), about 300 meters long (984 feet), and is still standing after a restoration that replaced the original wooden towers with steel ones.

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