Don Rafael Almada--a wealthy and influential town mayor--spent 5 years and 100,000 gold pesos building this traditional colonial mansion in 1890. With wood trim made from 285 Canadian red pine beams and four layers of brick and adobe construction, it was once the largest and most beautiful in town. The iron work was brought in from Mazatlan. The colonial "Casa Vieja" section has attractive rooms with modern amenities and a lovely central courtyard, and it is claimed to be the original site of Zorro's (Don Diego de la Vega) house. The section's Zorro Suite is equipped with a whip, a mask, and a sword. Newer rooms face another spacious garden.
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