|La Piedad de Cabadas|
|• Mayor||Jose Padilla Alfaro|
|Time zone||CST (UTC-6)|
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La Piedad de Cavadas is a city and its surrounding municipality (La Piedad municipality) located at Coordinates: in the north-west of the Mexican state of Michoacán, bordering Jalisco and Guanajuato. The original colonial name was San Sebastián. It is bordered by the town of Santa Ana Pacueco, Guanajuato. Both towns straddle the . La Piedad's population was 99,837 inhabitants in the 2010 census (250 000 habitants including its metropolitan area). The municipality has an area of 284.11 km² (109.7 sq mi).
La Piedad, "north door" of the state of Michoacán, surrounding the Lerma river, has limits at the north with the municipalities of Degollado, Jalisco and Penjamo, Guanajuato; at the east with the municipality of , Michoacán; at the south with the municipalities of , , and , Michoacán; and at the west with the municipality of Yurécuaro.
The municipality is connected through roads and highways with cities in the Mexican states of Jalisco, Guanajuato, and of course, the rest of Michoacán.
Distances and average driving times:
In the 12th century Aztecas moved away from Aztlan looking for a new land to settle. In this travel they founded several towns. Zula (meaning quails territory) was one of this towns stablished on the shore of the Lerma river.
Almost two centuries later, Antonio de Villarroel serving Nuño de Guzmán took control of the town on the San Sebastian's day of 1530 (January 20), so renaming the town as "San Sebastián de Aramutarillo".
From 1530 to 1687, San Sebastian was in total oblivion, victim of slavery and ignorance; nevertheless there were two historic facts, which changed course for the town, one political affair and another religious matter.
The religious matter refers to a finding of a branch from a tree resembling a Christ on the cross. This happened the midnight of Christmas Eve on a place called Buena Huerta. The towns in its surrounding asked for the Christ image to be taken to theirs churches. San Sebastián de Aramutarillo was selected to keep the Christ image. After that, the Christ image was called "Señor de La Piedad" (Lord of piety).
The political affair was the movement of political offices from Tlazazalca to San Sebastian de Aramutarillo. This causes that many people came to offer merchandise, crafts, etc. In this way the town was officially founded on 1692, when Juan López de Aguirre named it as La Piedad.
Places of interest include the town center with its beautiful kiosco (bandstand) built with quarried stone, the gateways, and the Señor de La Piedad church, which boasts perhaps the biggest dome in the country. Also of note are the Cavadas Bridge and the 30-metre-high El Salto waterfall. The local zoo and "La torre de la gaviota" located at the Sun City neighborhood, are also places of interest in La Piedad.
There are also urban parks such as Morelos Park and La Placa park. The city is famous because of its colorful Rebozos, and the singer José Alfredo Jiménez made it more famous with the song "El Perro Negro" ("The Black Dog").
There are hotels from 3 to 5 stars in the city.
La Piedad is a hub for agricultural products. The town was once known as the center of the Mexican pork industry, and still plays an important part in that industry. However, La Piedad has recently moved its economy towards textiles. Major textil manufacturers include Olmeca, Marval and Manriquez. Surrounding towns are Santa Ana, Yurecuaro, Degollado, Numaran, and Ecuandureo. La Piedad is also the headquarters for veterinary pharmaceuticals company LaPisa and industrial turbine manufacturer Turbomaquinas and Famaq. Also there is an important candy factory named Cabadas and sausage factories like Nu-tres, Delta and Bafar (former Parma).
Currently the municipality has pre-school institutions, elementary, middle and high school, and the following 6 colleges:
Many famous athletes and celebrities were born or lived in La Piedad, among these Ramon Morales, midfielder for Estudiantes Tecos football team as well as his brother Carlos Morales, midfielder for Santos. The frontman for Regional Mexican group "Los Razos de Sacramento y Reynaldo" Sacramento Ramirez is also from La Piedad.
Arts / Shows
In the city there are basketball and soccer (male and female) leagues, there are wrestling exhibitions, and the city has been finish of the Ruta Mexico (cycling). There are two public sport centers, clubs with tennis courts, a Lienzo charro, and the Juan N. Lopez stadium.
Outside the city are the Alianza, Mercantil and Azteca clubs, where there are football fields and swimming pools.
La Piedad is located close to the border of three states, Michoacán, Guanajuato and Jalisco. There are three highways entering this city: Mexico highways 110, 39, and 90.
Highway 110 goes west and takes you to towns like Yurécuaro, Tanhuato, Vista Hermosa, Briseñas y La Barca, and the free-toll route to Guadalajara. Highway 39 runs south of La Piedad to Zamora, this highway goes to the toll highway 15, which goes north-south, from Nogales to Mexico City. Highway 90 runs north of La Piedad to the state of Guanajuato.
- Link to tables of population data from Census of 2005 INEGI: Instituto Nacional de Estadística, Geografía e Informática
- Michoacán Enciclopedia de los Municipios de México
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