Welcome to Alamos, Sonora, Mexico

Welcome to Bishop Reyes Cathedral. Think of the scenes it has witnessed.

Welcome to Bishop Reyes Cathedral. Think of the scenes it has witnessed.


t is all in the details, it is all in the material, it is all in the intent…
Ladies from the wealthy homes of Alamos were asked to contribute one of their fine china to decorate the nearly completed cathedral. These plates once sat on elegant dining tables and then they were volunteered to be hung outdoors and exposed to the elements for now over 200 years. Talk about culture shock. A lucky few remain in place… for more

Looking at Sierra madre foothills to the east, Alamos, Sonora, Mexico. Photo by Anders Tomlinson.

Looking to the east foothills after foothills rise to mountains after mountains.


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!

today's-video

Time stands still: a river moves on and letter-press printing continues.

Two days before Christmas 1993 the film crew travels out to the Rio Cuchujaqui. It is a world unto itself but not that far away from Alamos. And then we visit a print shop that has been in operation for over 100 years. Alamos had the first printing press in the Californias. One wonders if these presses are still at work. Letter presses have an imprint-edge that can be felt with the fingers and the soul.



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.


The Place to Be and Be Seen

It is a wonderful feeling to sit with a friend in the plaza on a pleasant evening. Here, one can watch people come, be and go. This is the a place to be seen and see. When all have come and gone it becomes a romantic refuge for a young couple. 
Imagine horse drawn carriages, burro pack trains, and cars that have come into Alamos along these streets. Imagine the families that have been here for centuries. Imagine the change of government, some peaceful some violent. It is all here in the shadows of night. Photos and editing by Anders Tomlinson.
Music from “Camino Songs” by SonicAtomics.

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