A Taste of Chapala History

Lakeside has a very long history, dating back to prehispanic times. Alas, much of this history is not well-researched (in this area) and, to make understanding it even more difficult for us gringo amateur historians, it’s all in Spanish. I’m learning, yet have a very long way to go.

Chapala has an archive maintained and staffed by the city. So more recent history, and by that I mean from the early twentieth century through the present, is documented in a universal language: photographs.

Recently I ventured into city hall. It’s housed in one of the original buildings of the Spanish occupation, the grand hotel.

Here, a number of luminaries have stayed over the years.

D.H. Lawrence lived in Chapala for a short portion of his life, working on a novel. You can read about that here.

If you’ve been following this blog for some time, you’ll have observed lots of photos of the malecon and the lake.

Today the water level of the lake is well below even the lowest level of the malecon.

It’s an important source of water for Guadalajara.

Not so long ago, however, the lake was prone to flooding.

In city hall, I found a small exhibit of photos depicting this history, reaching back into the 1960s and prior.

Enjoy, and as I learn more, you’ll be the first to know.