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How Guadalajara lost and found a bridge

A few years ago the story broke. “¡Lo encontraron!” ran the headlines: They found it! They found Guadalajara’s legendary lost bridge, el Puente de las Damas (the Ladies’ Bridge). There really was such a thing, and at last we know where it is!

pg9This, I thought, was an interesting piece of news, but to me it seemed a mere nothing in comparison with the much bigger story: that the city had managed to lose the bridge in the first place.

“What?” I exclaimed. “A hundred years ago Guadalajara lost a bridge 50 meters long, 12 meters wide and 15 meters high?”

From the moment I heard the story I was determined to visit the Ladies’ Bridge in the hope that seeing it up close would reveal how in the world they had managed to lose track of a structure weighing countless tons.

On March 24, 2022, city officials formally inaugurated a kind of underground and “underbridge” museum that had been created—at a cost of 6 million pesos—in space that had been hollowed out beneath the elegant arches of the long-lost bridge. This unique museum, could now be visited by the public, free of charge, any day from Tuesday to Sunday.

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