Ávalos…Te Recuerdo is a blog celebrating a cherished time in the lives of my family and the people that worked, lived and raised their children at La Fundición de Ávalos and Ciudad Chihuahua.
This blog was created by Liz Delgado Marquez with the guidance and memories of my mother, Florence (Flossy) Wilson Delgado, and her sister, Catherine (Catina) Wilson Shupe and our cousin Catherine Austin Thomas as a testament to our family and friends who worked and lived at La Fundición de Ávalos in Chihuahua, Mexico. We invite you to share your stories and photos as a remembrance of a golden time.
In 1905, the Guggenheim family persuaded Porfirio Diaz to allow them to build a smelter for the American Smelting and Refining Company (ASARCO) in the town of Ávalos, east of Ciudad Chihuahua, Mexico, along the Mexican Central Railroad. The land was owned by the prominent Terrazas family and now is immediately recognizable by the old ASARCO smokestack. In the 1920’s, the Ávalos smelter was the largest lead smelter in the world.
“The Colony” was a gate-guarded American-style company town and included housing for supervisors and their families, as well a school, hospital, pool and plaza. Segregated housing for workers was outside the Colony.
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