Welcome to Alamos, Sonora, Mexico

Caretaker of Nuestra Senora de Balvanere Church in nearby Aduana.

Caretaker of Nuestra Senora de Balvanere Church in nearby Aduana.


Two churches, two bells, two men and two towns…
La Aduana on a midweek day in late Spring is peaceful. Take away the sounds of birds, insects, burros, dogs and a handful of kids and it is really quiet. Few cars will be heard for hours.
This is a place where the past lingers on, mining sites and ruins litter hillsides, a lonely plaza’s dry fountain surrounded by buildings once busy including a store where customers’ shoes for hundreds of year have cut a groove into the floor. … for more

The afternoon sky over the Plaza turns color with an approaching summer storm. Alamos, Sonora, Mexico. Photo by Anders Tomlinson.

The afternoon sky over the Plaza is changing color with an approaching storm.


Álamos, 475 miles from Tucson, Arizona, is a National Colonial Monument in the southeast corner of Sonora, Mexico. Álamos, rich in silver and strategically located along the El Camino Real, played an important role in early Southwest history – especially California and Arizona.

Located at 1,360 feet elevation, Álamos, gateway to the tropics, savors a new season every six weeks in a picturesque valley that combines high Sonoran Desert, Sinoloan Thorn Forest and Tropical Deciduous Forest. Sierra de Álamos, the highest point in southern Sonora, is a federal preserve for the protection of flora and fauna. You find many things to do here, and or, like numerous visitors who are simpatico with Álamos, you will find yourself enjoying the profound realization of simply being…”if you stare at a cloud long enough it will disappear“.
Let your imaginations soar in this elegant outpost along the El Camino Real.

About this website
Anders Tomlinson takes one back through time, 1983 – 1996, to Álamos, Sonora, Mexico and a majestic landscape. Here, a sense of serenity greets one’s arrival. This website is also a development and promotional tool for Good Morning Álamos, Sonora, Mexico, a film, expected to premier in 2014, by Anders Tomlinson. Enjoy!

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They come from all over the region with things to buy and sell.
Sunday, north of Arroyo La Aduana, there is an open-air market filled with people and music. Meals, snacks, produce, clothing, toys, tires, bikes, tools and what ever folks bring to sale fill out both sides of a colorful promenade. It is a wonderful place to shop and meet neighbors, family and friends, new and old.



See something of interest? Click on the blue number and you are there!

113: 1850-1899…112: 1800-1849…
111: 1600’s…110: 1500’s…109: 1700’s…
108: Calle Comercio 2… 107: Power struggles… 106: History videos…
105: Winter videos…104: Summer videos…103: Spring videos…
102: Three Alamos Jobs…101: Mirador Kite Festival…

100: Alamos horses… 99: Elizabeth Nuzum’s special place-garden…
98: El Pedregal Palapa 97: Cobblestone crew… 96: Kids playing in streets…
95: Red brick building… 94: 1993 Views of Alamos 93: Sweeping streets…
92: Restoration and repair… 91: Easter Sunday in the country

90: Taxi ride to Easter Sunday… 89: El Palomar Guest Ranch…
88: Inside Bishop Reyes’ Cathedral… 87: Cathedral details…
86: Grave diggers and street mourners… 85: Ceremony at the cemetery…
84: Victor digs a cistern… 83: Bilingual powers & flower details…
82: Border politics… 81: Galeria de Arte

80: Summer rains… 79: Four Almada women… 78: Nuzum rooftop garden…
77: Jacoby gardens & tequila… 76: Plaza kiosk-bandstand…
75: Traveling hypnotist… 74: Anthropocene & human nature…
73: Ethnic accounting… 72: Spanish Conquistadors… 71: Pueblo Magico

70: Beisbol, rodeo and dancing horses… 69: Estancia Crysalis…
68: Pemex… 67: Kids in the summer… 66: Painting the Mercado…
65: Kids at night… 64: Two churches, two men, & two bells…
63: Uvalama pottery family… 62: Alamos woodworkers…
61: Dr. Joaquin Navarro

60: Security devices… 59: Dry tropical forest… 58: Good cop, bad cop…
57: Sadnah and San… 56: Doug Riseborough… 55: Population history…
54: Ode to the “mother range”… 53: Human condition, Hotel La Posada…
52: Los Tianguis… 51: Reflections from high ground

50: Geologic timeline… 49: Street posters… 48: Ruins with no roofs…
47: Calle Delicias in La Compana… 46: Blue paint & Mexican politics…
45: Missionaries of Fatima, Mexican army base, Nueva Esmeralda…
44: Winter film crew… 43: Tebeto, 42: Auto icons…
41: Children at play and work

40: Conasupo… 39: Workers repairing roofs… 38: Casa Obregon…
37: Alameda tree falls… 36: History walk at Escuela Paulita Verjan…
35: Calle 16 de Septiembre… 34: Casa Esmeralda…
33:Traffic cops and artists… 32: Casa de los Santos…
31: Calle Alberto Guitierrez, VW, watermelon. angels

30: Night Scenes… 29: Cattle, El Camino Real…
28: Late Spring, mountain views… 27: Highways, roads…
26: Alamos gardens… 25: Elizabeth & Pember Nuzum…
24: Margo Findlay, Jim Wilson… 23: Maria Felix, Calle Galeana #41…
22: Antonio Figueroa… 21: Plaza waking up

20: Window treatments… 19: Cats, sheep… 18: Bishop Reyes Cathedral…
17: Summer floods… 16: Fiber optics & mechanics…
15: Estudiantina de Alamos… 14: Aduana… 13: Pantheon…
12: Peeling paint… 11: A tale of two seasons

10: Men working on ladders… 9: Curio shops… 8: Umbrellas…
7: Doric columns… 6: Palacio Municipal.. 5: Church youth choir…
4: Alameda Traffic… 3: Train tunnel & jumping beans… 2: Adobe bricks…
1: Secondary school & Independence day

To return Home.


These entries are scenes for a movie by Anders Tomlinson –
Good Morning Alamos, Sonora, Mexico. The film will comprise 90 scenes, each a sixty second mini-movie unto itself. These scenes will also be part of a Three DVD multi-media presentation featuring Alamos imagery by Anders. Look for Good Morning Alamos, Sonora, Mexico
on a screen near you in 2015.


It is In The Night That the Past Dances Down Narrow Streets

Oh little town of Alamos. Lights sparkle in the evening darkness. Pungent smells float with the shifting breeze. Music, live and recorded, rises up from the homes and neighborhoods. Birds sing under star filled skies. Dogs bark and cars pass by. Footsteps on cobblestone and smoke from fireplaces create mystic moments. Children of all ages play late into the night on the quiet streets. Night time is not threatening, it is a celebration of another day both coming and going. Night time is magical. The town seems smaller. The world becomes all you can see looking down a street. It is easy to focus on the smallest thing. And behind the walls there are other worlds: private legacies, conversations., comforts, learnings, entertainments, deliberations, dreams.
 Photos and editing by Anders Tomlinson. Music from “Camino Songs” by SonicAtomics.

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