The owner of the eight hotels Sue Stilwell uses
for her tours to Copper Canyon is Roberto Balderrama
I had lunch with Mr. Balderrama and Sue. Roberto is
a very pleasant, personable, likeable man. He was educated
in the United States and he has his office in his Santa Anita Hotel.
We sat in the dining room, had coffee, and chatted for a while.
He and Sue are obvious friends as well as business partners.
As he spoke with me, he discussed the turnover in the Office of
Secretary of Tourism, changing two or three times during the 6-year President's
term. He was very happy with the current Secretary, who, with his
own father, had stayed at this hotel as a youth. Roberto philosophized
that, "In Mexico politics runs everything, in the United States money
We stayed in the Hotel Santa Anita in Los Mochis,
We had heard that the local sugar cane factory used steam
trains to haul the cane from the fields to the mill. Sue
told us no trains were used by the mill any more, but that the
steam trains were still on their property. We asked her if
we could photograph them, and she made the arrangements and we
were there shooting before we knew it: Coca Cola owns the plant
now and Sue said the consumption of cokes in Mexico is almost one
per day per person...the National Drink.
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Retired Steam Engines at the Sugar Cane Mill, now owned by Coca Cola.
Engine #2 out front of sugar mill.
Photo Credit: Don Roe
Looking over tender of #7
#7's Cab left
#7's Cab right
From cab of #7 out past the boiler
#4 Cab right
#6 Cab right with cooking grate and chair
Miscellaneous materials in their abandoned rail yard.
Don found a desk in the lobby where he could work since the desk
in the room was taken up with the TV.
The Los Mochis Train Station
has a steam locomotive as well.
The station is very nice, clean lobby and nice posters of the Express
Freight cars near the station. Grey ones are from a cement factory.
There was a herd of Brahma cattle attending to the lawn mowing at
The cattle tender of the herd was in
the shade as his horse (see the saddle above in the herd) was grazing
with the cattle.
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