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C. M. MAYO
Author of The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire, etc.
(on the highway between Mexico City
and the city of Puebla)
Photos by C.M. Mayo
Río Frío (Cold River) is a town on the superhighway between Mexico City and the city of Puebla. Sneeze and you'd miss it. But back in the time of my novel-- the mid-19th century-- it was an important stop on the stagecoach highway that came through the sierra en route to Puebla and the main port at Veracruz. There was an inn and a fort, which, from the look of it today, must have taken a couple century's worth of bullets and mortars. In March 1866, Baron Frédéric Victor d'Huart, a close friend and aide to the Empress Carlota's brother, the Duke of Flanders, was murdered here by bandits.
Read the excerpt from the novel.
This is a photo of trees along the road, as I imagine the stagecoach highway might have looked then.
Read an excerpt from the novel set near Río Frío.