Highway from Mexico to Yucatan opens

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Highway from Mexico to Yucatan opens - Sunday, July 19,1959 .The Arizona Republic, w...
Sunday, July 19,1959 .The Arizona Republic, w Yucatan Highway Open By ALVA SENZEK MEXICO CITY - Some of I (he world's best preserved and most important archaeological ruins were placed within reach of the average Arizona motorist recently, when a bus became the first motor vehicle to cross the new highway between Merida, on the tip of the Yucatan Pe| ninsula, and Mexico City. The road starts from the heart I of the empire once occupied by the Maya Indians, the strange race of sculptor-astronomers whfch lately has become re- parded as one of the highest tribe, the La Venta, or Olmeca . Indians. This group, believed by some archaeologists to be ancestors of the Maya, built a complex civilization in the states of Tabasco, Chiapas, and Vera Cruz, adjoining the Yucatan. The most remarkable of their relics to be found are the giant, stone heads, weighing as much as 20 tons each and wearing what look like foofball helmets. These heads have been laboriously collected within the past year into a park-museum in Villahermosa, Tabasco. The new highway also touches many of the ports and villages Peninsula, and thence by one ferry to Havana and another back to the mainland. The only piece still missing is the Yucatan-Havana Ferry. A Yucatecan senator who made the bus trip said planning on thft project will be resumed as soon as the Cuban political situation allows, with servrce tentatively set to begin a year from 'this fall. In anticipation of increased travel along the Caribbean coast of Mexico, another highway has already been extended southward from Merida to Belize, capital of British Honduras. .17 hours to make fhk trip, hut they recommended that prospective guests plan on lingering awhile in some of the air conditioned resort hotels en route. The Yucatan Peninsula was virtually unknown to the average visitor to Mexico until after World War II, when Compania Mexicana de Aviacion, Pan American's Mexican affiliate, established regular service to Merida. Previously, t h e Peninsula could be reached only by ferryboat from Vera Cruz or by slow train through the jungle. The area has become known since World War II as an amateur

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  1. Arizona Republic,
  2. 26 Jul 1959, Sun,
  3. Page 43

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