The Caja de Agua is a small, stone water tank that was installed (among others) along the Calzada de Guadalupe Avenue above the underground aqueduct that was built to supply the growing population of SLP (after the discovery of silver mines in the surrounding hills) with water from the Sierra de San Miguelito Spring. The city thrived once the water supply was available, and water boys delivered water to the inhabitants of the growing city. This small monument is the pride of San Luis Potosí, both for its beauty and permanence. It is considered an important icon of the city's history, ingenuity, and survival.
The water tank is beautifully preserved and ornate (for a water tank). It is situated in the middle of a lush park-like area just across the street from Jardín Colon. Many small parks and monuments are found along this avenue. There are a handful of bronze statues of water boys sprinkled throughout the city between this site and the many small parks and plazas in el centro.
The monument in and of itself may not be enough to warrant a visit, but in combination with a stroll down the Calzada de Guadalupe Avenue, it is well worth your time. The walk from the Plaza del Carmen (in the center of town) to the Caja takes less than 10 minutes. The Caja de Agua is part of the trolly bus tour which departs from the Plaza del Carmen, although in my not-so-humble opinion, it's far more interesting to walk the avenue yourself. It's lush and rife with history: monuments, statues, and information signs posted in both Spanish and English. (I believe the bus tour is only given in Spanish as that's all I've ever heard when the bus passed).
Hope that helps! Enjoy San Luís!
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