Calle del Oro and tram route; This is the story of Sixto Osuna


In the 19th century it was considered one of the most important routes in Mazatlán

MAZATLAN. – Sixto Osuna Street was previously known as Calle del Oro, but do you know why it was known as that?

When the city grew and constructions began to be built, the urban area found it necessary to identify the sections of the old road with different names so that people could notice in the future how Mazatlán began.

According to Enrique Vega, official chronicler of the city, the name of Calle del Oro could be due to the habitual traffic of “conducts” of that mineral that took place through it for some time. It was said that it was an area where gold was not scarce and that there was even something illegal in this practice.

In addition to the fact that it was said that there was gold, it was a booming road; The first office equipment distributor in Mazatlán operated on one of its corners, owned by the United Typewriter & Supplies Company, which sold typewriters and their accessories, and of which the American J.H. reider. Also, the Marschall Jewelry and Watch Store, owned by Heraclio Félix Díaz, who was a politician and writer, was on this farm.

Calle del Oro was also the headquarters of La Bola de Oro, a very famous commercial establishment in its time. The fact that there were so many famous and popular shops did more to honor its name.

The mule-drawn tram in Mazatlan.

On May 5, 1877, at 2:00 p.m., the public transport service of the tram pulled by a mule was inaugurated, symbol of the modernity of the city at that historical moment, because only the big cities of its time had this type of vehicle for the transportation of passengers.

Over the course of two years, work was carried out laying of rail tracks that went from the Maritime Customs along Arsenal street, to the terminal located on Astillero street (today Francisco Serrano), passing through Sixto Osuna street, surrounding Plazuela Machado and continuing along Constitución street to the end of the tour.

The carriages held 12 people and cost 6.25 cents for a full trip.

On the outskirts of the archaeological museum of Mazatlán there are part of the routes of this means of transport.

Current name

Since the first half of the 20th century, the street has been named Sixto Osuna. The full name of this journalist and writer was Sixto Osuna Paredes.

The two best-known poems by this writer are: La tarde apacible and La Dolorosa, which were published in the Sinaloan Anthology of Ernesto Higuera, edited by the Government of General Gabriel Leyva Velázquez.