CHAMPCAR/CART: Historical and general information on Monterrey, Mexico

Originally-Originally-From: Jack Durbin <> Historical Information In the aftermath of the 1910 revolutionary movement, México has become a very developed and forwarding-looking nation. The industries include textile...

Originally-Originally-From: Jack Durbin <>

Historical Information
In the aftermath of the 1910 revolutionary movement, México has become a very developed and forwarding-looking nation. The industries include textile factories, such as, La Fama, founded in 1856, El Porvenir, established in 1872, and La Leona, which started production in 1874. Industrial development strictly began in 1890, with the creation of the Cervecería Cuauhtémoc brewery and the Compañía Fundidora de Fierro y Acero de Monterrey, a steel mill, in 1900.

Owing to the creation of these pioneer enterprises, Nuevo León is deemed a state with a huge manufacturing potential as well as high productivity. Nowadays, it ranks fourth place worldwide in cement production as well being the foremost glass manufacturer in the Americas. It also overtakes every Mexican state in beer, steel, air conditioning appliances, etc. Monterrey's companies have contributed new production processes to glassmaking, cellulose, beer, cement, cigars, conduits, metal plates, etc.

In regard to communications and transportation, there were aspects that allowed the state to fully develop economically. In 1950, roads were made to exploit the state's natural resources. As a result, Monterrey became the second major railroad hub in México. In 1962, the first bullet train line was inaugurated spanning from Monterrey to México City, El Regiomontano.

In education, progress has been made since the armed struggle. In 1920, the state had 378 schools in place, while the Colegio Civil imparted high-school education. Moreover, there were institutions dealing with jurisprudence, medicine, education, women studies and trade. In 1933, Nuevo León Autonomous University was instituted; however, student riots forced its shut down a few years later. It was resurrected in 1943, the same year the Monterrey Technological Institute of Higher Studies was founded. Both learning institutions broaden scientific and technological research. Consequently, it may be said that the state of Nuevo León is currently leading the nation in education, culture, economy, research and higher learning, as well as in newspapers, theaters, museums and culture centers, besides being México's industrial capital.

General Information
For tourist proposes, Downtown Monterrey can be divided in the following:

The Zona Rosa.
This is the most significant hotel area in Monterrey. The Zona Rosa is marked by the Gran Plaza (Great Square). This is a super complex of 97 acres that is even larger than the Red Square in Moscow. It is must see when visiting Monterey.

If you are looking to shop, the Morelos street shopping center is located in the same vicinity.

The Barrio Antiguo.
This is a colonial area that has recently become one of the most important entertainment areas in Monterrey. The Barrio Antiguo, full of bars, coffee shops and restaurants, is the showcase where cultural movements in our city are expressed. It is located between Juan Ignacio Ramón and Constitución Avenue (north to south) and between Zuazua and Naranjo street (west to east).

About Monterrey.
In Monterrey, around 30 museums and cultural centers are open to all visitors. Among these are following: MARCO (Contemporary art Museum), which is the most complete of its type in Latin America, Monterrey Museum, National History Museum, Nuevo León's House of Culture, the Professional Baseball Hall of Fame, the Glass Museum, and the considerable Pinacoteca del Estado, an art gallery that houses the entire artistic heritage of the state.

In Nuevo León, you will also find many sport's clubs and golf courses. Las Misiones, the Club Campestre de Monterrey, Club Valle Alto and some others belonging to the State Government are just a few examples.

Safety is one of the most important issues in Nuevo León. Although Monterrey is the third largest City in the country, it boasts one of the lowest crime rates in the country.

Nuevo León has 51 municipalities and the metropolitan area is composed by the following:
Apodaca; García; General Escobedo; Guadalupe; Juárez; Monterrey; San Nicolás de los Garza; San Pedro, Garza García; Santa Catarina and Santiago

Usually people refer to the metropolitan areas of Monterrey simply as Monterrey, but some tourist sites like Plaza Fiesta San Agustin, ALFA Cultural Center (observatory) are in San Pedro (SW from Monterrey), Grutas de Garcia in Santa Catarina (West), Parque España in Guadalupe (East), etcetera. Please keep that in mind while asking directions.

Some of the most beautiful spots in the metropolitan area are, among others, the Horsetail Waterfall, Chipinque's Plateau, Huasteca's Canyon, the Estanzuela Park, Pastora Zoo and Bioparque Estrella, an ecological park with an area of 500 acres and 700 animals in entire freedom.

The average annual temperature in Monterrey is 22.11° C (71.8° F) being the highest temperature in august (42° C /107.0° F) and the lowest in January (0° C /32° F).


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