Ávalos y Jardín Botánico del Desierto Chihuahuense

From Tiempo on July 30, 2011, Chihuahua Governor, Cesar Duarte, announces the construction of the Ávalos botanical garden. Also, from El Heraldo de Chihuahua an article discussing the conversion of the Ávalos foundry into one of recreation, leisure and tourism.

News from Ávalos

Photo courtesy of Gabriel Díaz-Montemayor

February 26, 2011
In a special report from El Diario de Chihuahua, news from Ávalos regarding the theft of property from the smelter site.

December 15, 2010
As part of the revitalization of the area around the smelter, the construction of a zoo will begin this year. Read about it in El Heraldo de Chihuahua.

November 29, 2010
Ávalos smelter central offices become a community center and library preserving the history of the smelter. Visit Observador.com.mx.

Incendio en el Palacio de Gobierno

This 1941 article from El Heraldo de Chihuahua details a fire that occurred on June 22, 1941 at the Governor’s Palace in Ciudad Chihuahua and the assistance given by los bomberos de la fundicion de Avalos. My thanks to Eduardo Uranga, Jr. for sharing this wonderful article! For the entire article: Incendio en el Palacio de Gobierno.

And within the article where Avalos is mentioned:

Baseball and the First Pitch

The photo below, courtesy of Yola Wildman Nugent, shows her father, Horatio Wildman, Sr. throwing out the first pitch for an Avalos baseball game. Mr. Wildman was Superintendent of the Mill from 1946-1954. The Wildman family included Horatio Wildman, Sr., his wife, Carmen (“Chata”) Wildman de Gonzalez de Beovide, two daughters, Helen Carmen (Wildman) Bell and Yola Teresita (Wildman) Nugent, and one son, Horatio Wildman, Jr. The Wildman’s lived in Casa #32 in the Colony.

Horatio Wildman, Sr. - Superintendent, Avalos Smelter

Horatio Wildman, Sr. - Superintendent of the Mill at Avalos

You can read more about baseball in Chihuahua and Avalos by following the links to the articles below in El Heraldo de Chihuahua.

Beisbol de Chihuahua .. Los años 40


Dorada Historia


“Abuelo, cuéntame de Ávalos” from El Heraldo de Chihuahua


A wonderful remembrance of living in Ávalos can be found in an article which appeared in El Heraldo de Chihuahua on August 24, 2009.

To access the article, click on the link above or download the PDF’s below. The English translation is via Google Translator and while not the best, gives the flavor of the article.

“De agreste cerro a gran fundición”

From El Heraldo de Chihuahua an article about the establishment of La Fundición de Ávalos in 1905. In the article, several people are mentioned that were involved in the development of the smelter: