National Geographic : 1973 Nov
NCE 5,000 SPANIARDS lived in Copala and took gold and silver from the mountains. Later came American mine owners and revolutionary troops. A pistolero among these latter gentry shot the head off a statue on the roof of the lovely old church. Most of the mines are closed now; many of the old houses are only ruins, hidden by undergrowth. In my able Volkswagen Beetle I climbed the track from the main highway and jounced into the village. To my surprise I found a vast Cadillac with U. S. license plates parked beneath purple bougainvillea on one narrow street. While I stared at it, a young man approached. "I'm Daniel Garrison," he said. "I'm an American, but I live here with my Mexican mother. If you're wondering about that Caddy, it be longs to a retired businessman. He's bought a house here and is fixing it up." We repaired to Dan's house on a cleared hilltop, where his delightful mother was trying to launch a small restaurant in her living room. She gave me a cold beer but wouldn't let me Crown of Mazatlin, Icebox Hill rears above a city where German immigrants settled in the mid-19th century. Traders from the U. S. gave the hill its name when they stored ice in tunnels for sale to the rich. Today tons of cotton, sugar, hardwoods, and shrimp flow from the busy harbor.