Magdalena Lobo-Guerrero shares one of her memories of her life growing up in Las Cuadras and visiting the train station with her father and siblings. Inside the station, murals painted by artist Leandro Carreón depicted the two main industries in Chihuahua at the time: mining and cattle. Magdalena is the daughter of Enrique Lobo-Guerrero and Tola Ramirez de Lobo-Guerrero, and lived at cuadra 14 numero 7. Her grandparents, J. Guadalupe Ramirez and Maria Ramirez, lived closer to the entrance of the plant at cuadra 15 numero 21.
She says, “I don’t know if you know this already but on different occasions my father would take us to the train station in Chihuahua to view two enormous murals. They were painted by Leandro Carreón and one depicts the mining workers amidst a skeletal figure hovering over the principal character using a power hammer. It seems to convey the danger of death associated with the work. In the right side of the background are the smoke stacks of La Fundicion de Avalos distinctly painted in the familiar black, white and red of the Avalos landmark. It’s a beautiful mural honoring the miners and Avalos in particular. The other mural is of the other industry in Chihuahua, cattle. The train station is now closed to the public. What a shame to close out those murals!”
“Just to add a little side note to the mural, Leandro Carreón finished both murals within a year’s time in 1950. Consequently that was the idea behind my father taking us to the “Estacion de Ferrocaril”, to see the mural from beginning to end. And to see the progress slowly taking place from week to week and month to month. I don’t believe we really appreciated it until it was finished and all the rich reds were finally applied but I wish I had been older to appreciate what was taking place in real time and what my father was trying to teach us.”
To read more about the artist Leandro Carreón and his murals visit this link to the, Universidad Autonoma de Chihuahua. Photo credits: Magdalena Lobo-Guerrero and José Pedro Gaytán at the Universidad Autonoma de Chihuahua.