ARTICLE HISTORY OF OUR TOWN

ARTICLE HISTORY OF OUR TOWN

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The history of our town started in 1826 when a retired Lt. Robert William Hale Hardy of the British Royal Navy was in this area looking for pearls and precious metals. And named the area Rocky Point and that’s how it was identified on the maps until our president Lazaro Cardenas changed it to Puerto Punta Peñasco. But to make it easier to pronounce the English name dropped the word port and the Spanish name dropped the word gname dropped the nd dropped the word .ent y was in this area looking for pearls and precious metals. and Punta. Prior to the 1920s, this was a safe harbor for the fisherman from the Gulf of California, Guaymas, Bahia Kino, Puerto Libertad, and Puerto Lobos began to come to camp here. The reason these fisherman would come here was for a fish called Totoaba, not for the fish meat but for its medicinal use. During that tome the area was known as Punta de Piedra or Punta Peñasco. The name comes from a large quantity of solidified lava that hit the Gulf. In the 19th century fisherman from Arizona would also come here but since there was no source of drinking water, it was never settled permanently. Back in the 1920s, a man by the name John Stone from Ajo, Arizona, came here to build hotel/casino to take advantage of people coming to escape prohibition. He drilled a water well, and set up flight service from Phoenix and Tucson to bring tourist to drink, gamble and fish. It is said that Al Capone frequented the place. In the 1930s, under president Lazaro Cardenas a railroad was built to connect Baja California to the rest of Mexico, and the town began to grow again, a police delegation was added in 1932, as a dependency from the municipality of Sonoyta even though the town was part of the municipality of Caborca. The railroad grew new population centers and the layout of the city Puerto Peñasco was begun in the 1940s. In 1941, the village had 187 inhabitants who made a living fishing shrimp or working the Sonora Baja California railway.

Francisco Gastelum Morales

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