Welcome to Alamos, Sonora, Mexico

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This may not be a well-traveled road but it is a long-traveled path through time.


Estancia Crysalis: outside Álamos centro, inside Álamos country…
If one were to close their eyes and listen to the footsteps of this old woman, with a young woman’s body, one would hear someone going back in time, retracing footprints of the ancient ones as this old woman returns to Estancia Crysalis. Here is another world where the land speaks in a dominate voice…to see 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, México. 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.

You may 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, México
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, México, a history-3 DVD-film project,
expected to be completed in 2018. Another goal is an Álamos, Sonora, México
book by Anders Tomlinson. Enjoy the adventure! Anders certainly is.

today's-video

Sharing A Moment With Chon

We come and go, in the short term, like the birds and in the long term as do mountains. This video scene celebrates Chon who worked on many projects for the Nuzums including the strawbale casa at El Pedregal in Álamos, Sonora, Mexico.

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 Álamos, Sonora, México. is a film project comprising 90-some scenes,
each a sixty second mini-movie unto itself. These scenes will also be part
of a three DVD multi-media presentation featuring Álamos imagery by Anders
and soundtrack by SonicAtomics. Good Morning Álamos, Sonora, México
history-film project is expected to be completed in 2018.


The Commercial center of Álamos

The commercial center of Álamos, Sonora, Mexico, the Alameda, was laid out
in 1769 and it has been busy ever since, some decades more than others.
Today, it iwas bustling with activity. The bus station is the transportation
hub for surrounding towns and ranches. The Alameda is a center of activity
with bars, offices, shops, gas station and markets … This is Mexico working,
traveling and playing. Boom boxes serenade food carts and shoe shines.
Photos, editing and produced by Anders Tomlinson.
Music is “Vientos Sonorenses”, Antonio Saavedradorame and
Samuel Delatorre Dorame. Antonio and Samuel both added to this beautiful
melody titled “the Winds of Sonora”, It was arranged for the classical
guitar by Samuel for his 2013 CD – “Memorias de Álamos, Sonora.”

These images were shot in 1996. The Alameda is different now. Hurricane Norbert,
on October 12, 2008, flooded the Alameda and took out the giant cottonwood
shade trees. It remains the commercial center. A friend in Alamos commented
after watching this video, “the Alameda renovation surprised everyone and
really is beautiful. The new trees are maturing, all flagstone walks,
elimination of the two little ugly buildings at each end now with masonry
and stone, etc., etc. Actually none of the charm disappeared in the
process. The flood turned out to be a blessing for the Alameda.
Some other areas not so, but the Alameda without the basketball court
truly improved the village. A good architect, Felipe Almada, spent time
making all of the changes and components work well with the existing
gardens and gazebo.

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