XIX SAN LUIS POTOSĺ

THE STATE of San Luis Potosí seems, on quick view, to lack any beauties or charms to cause heart throbs or tears, but the potosino is forever loyal to his cactus-studded hills and his colonial city. The city is beautiful, but his nostalgic song begins with the cactus.

Yo soy puro potosino.
Nacl bajo de un nopal
Del nopal que está en el centro
Del escudo nacional.

(I am pure Potosino,
Born under a cactus,
The cactus that centers
The national coat of arms.)

His state's central position is also a matter of pride to the potosino; it touches seven states, and its history offers several important links with the larger history of the Republic.

Long isolated from tourist travel, San Luis Potosí is now crossed by a welt-made and almost too fiat road that leaves the Pan American Highway at El Mante and meets the Central Highway at Lagos de Moreno. Tourists can now speed across to Guadalajara and the Pacific fishing-resorts, happily missing all the most gorgeous mountain scenery and making time. Beyond El Mante the road rises by long grades along the clear blue stream of El Salto. A few miles

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  • II- Chihuahua 17
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