From the Alhóndiga de Granaditas to the roundabout at Dos Ríos runs the old street of Salgado, which formed part of the route made up of the city’s most important mining haciendas. It is the area of town with the greatest number of buildings left over from the boom years of the Real de Minas de Santa Fe de Guanajuato.
One of these haciendas was the Salgado. Its original name was Hacienda y Cuadrilla de Nuestra Señora de la Natividad, initially owned in the eighteenth century by Antonio Sánchez de Salgado. Its main purpose was to process part of the precious metals taken from the mines at Valenciana, Cata and Mellado.
To get an idea of the dimensions of the original hacienda, we can see that the area it once covered is today occupied by the municipal police building, a supermarket, an apartment block, a center for sporting and cultural activities and two schools. For a time, during the twentieth century, it played host to the state men and women’s prison and the Guanajuato State Archives [árcaivs].
Nevertheless, we can still identify some structures left over from the area’s mining past, such as the great stone perimeter wall that runs along the entire calle Alhóndiga, along with a number of entrances and patios. The outlines of the old hacienda can still be seen from calle Alhóndiga and a pleasant stroll up the Carrica alley from Dos Ríos provides an up-close look at this remarkable legacy from the great days of Guanajuato’s mining industry.