We awoke from a terrible sleep in the RV Park attached to the Hotel Hacienda del Bosque in Zacatecas this morning. We are parked behind a fence about ten feet from the highway with the railway tracks just on the other side of the hotel! We are on a hill and Mexico has no rules about trucks not using engine brakes in town. It was probably about four before I fell asleep! The problem is, it is the best of three RV Parks in town and we prepaid for a week. I will have to find some earplugs!
We got a cab and went down to the Centro to have a first look around. It is a typical Mexican city of 150,000 with the social areas surrounding the Church. It owes it's beginnings to silver mining from the Colonial days and the wealth generated by the silver is very evident in the Colonial architecture in the Centro. Silver is still being mined in the area keeping Zacatecas a wealthy city as can be seen by the buried power and telephone service throughout the city.
It was in Zacatecas in 1914 that Pancho Villa defeated a stronghold of 12,000 soldiers loyal to President Victoriano Huerta. This area holds much history of that period in Mexico's past that I will have to research and explore in our short week here.
Exploring is a little tough because we are over 8000 feet above sea level here!