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021909PuertoVallartaMexicoTripMP1180

SHOT 2/16/09 3:11:33 PM - A horse tied up outside a home in San Sebastián del Oeste, Mexico. Many locals still use horses as a main form of transportation in the colonial town. The town was founded as a mining town in 1605 during the Spanish colonial period. Gold, silver and lead were mined around the area. More than 25 mines and a number of foundries had been established by 1785. The town was declared a city in 1812 and reached a peak population of some 20,000 people by 1900. The prosperity of the city declined after the revolution of 1910. At the start of the 21st century, it has a population of less than 1,000. It receives some tourist visits from nearby Puerto Vallarta, as it is served by an airfield and recent road improvements have cut the transit time by car from Puerto Vallarta to less than 2 hours. (Photo by Marc Piscotty / © 2009)

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SHOT 2/16/09 3:11:33 PM - A horse tied up outside a home in San Sebastián del Oeste, Mexico. Many locals still use horses as a main form of transportation in the colonial town. The town was founded as a mining town in 1605 during the Spanish colonial period. Gold, silver and lead were mined around the area. More than 25 mines and a number of foundries had been established by 1785. The town was declared a city in 1812 and reached a peak population of some 20,000 people by 1900. The prosperity of the city declined after the revolution of 1910. At the start of the 21st century, it has a population of less than 1,000. It receives some tourist visits from nearby Puerto Vallarta, as it is served by an airfield and recent road improvements have cut the transit time by car from Puerto Vallarta to less than 2 hours. (Photo by Marc Piscotty / © 2009)