Vibrant colors have long been part of Mexican culture, and continue to this day.
Fabric and pottery are two of the more common items that are full of rich tones.
Long before Europeans reached the shores of Mexico the locals were using plants, insects and minerals native to the land to create this rainbow of color.
Another way the country’s artistry comes through is with the signs so many cities have. Many are placed at the entrance to a town, others are in prominent locations within that jurisdiction. They are like a kaleidoscope of color bursting with images that are unique to that area—like the church on the Santa Rosalia sign and whales on the Guerrero Negro one. Animals and cacti are common on many of the signs.
“We have one in Cabo at Puerto Paraiso, another one on the main drag at the original stoplight and a third one that reads KM. 0 (kilometer zero) at the main park in Cabo San Lucas. The latter indicates where the original road to La Paz and all the way to the border with the U.S. began. The ground zero for Highway 1. Underneath, the sign reads: Mexico Starts Here,” explained David Flores with the Gringo Gazette newspaper.
It’s not just Baja that has these signs. They can also be found on the mainland.
People are constantly taking selfies at the signs and pictures without anyone it. It’s a clever marketing tool that often ends up on social media with hashtags promoting that town.
I love the signs! We could do with a little more color in the United States.
Colors! One of my favorite things about all south American countries!
Can you tell me why the Mulege sign starts with an N?
It’s actually an H. The full name is Heroica Mulegé. The “Heroica” part came about after the Mexican-American War of 1846-1848. The locals were able to stave off an invasion from the United States. While Mexico lost the war, Mulegé won the battle and obviously remained part of that country. (This is the war where the U.S. acquired the land that today is California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona and New Mexico.)
do you know if there is a comprehensive list of these sign locations throughout Baja? Thanks.