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A historic arena in the heart of a bustling Nogales, Sonora

Posted at 2:39 PM, Sep 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-25 08:49:30-04

The Plaza de Toros in Nogales, Sonora sits in the middle of a bustling city. 

In the past it was an arena that saw many great matadors and celebrities like Cantinflas. 

The town of more than 200,000 people remembers the day when the Plaza de Toros lived through its golden age. 

In the 1960s, thousands of people from Arizona would cross into Mexico and head to the Plaza de Toros to witness man against bull. 

Today, the Plaza de Toros is only a memory of what it once was. The intricate murals painted on its outside are fading and parts of its infrastructure are chipping away. 

Now it is up to the older generation to carry down the arena's history through oral tradition, pictures and old newspaper articles. 

The Plaza de Toros now spends most of its time behind lock and key and is lent for special events and concerts. 

With bullfighting never expected to return, the Plaza de Toros will remain as a memory of chapter in Nogales that is closed.