|In 1830 there were 40,000 inhabitants. Now there are less than 700. Only got electricity and telephone since 1995.|
Look to the west and note the tiny landing stip. To stop an aircraft it goes up a 45º hill and it needs to go down it to pick up enough speed to take off
San Sebastian del Oeste was one the main mining centres in the New Spain during the Colonial period. By 1785, ten gold and silver reduction haciendas and nearly 30 mines had been established there. The small town became a city in 1812, and reached its full maturitv around 1830. San Sebastian's productivity was halted by the 1910 military revolution, and soon after, foreign companies in charge of mining works moved to other areas. The last mine was abandoned 1921, and San Sebastian fell into complete oblivion. Nowadays, its main economic activities involve agriculture, stockbreeding, increasing tourism and to a lesser degree, forestry.