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What Tijuana, Mexico looked like in the 1970s Through Fascinating Photos

Tijuana is the second-largest city in Mexico in Baja, California. It is one of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in Mexico. Tijuana is the seat of the Tijuana Municipality and the cultural and commercial center of the Pacific coast of Baja California. Tijuana covers 70% of the territory of the municipality and contains 80% of its population. As one of the largest manufacturing centers on the continent of North America, the city is home to numerous multinational conglomerates.

Tijuana began as a ranch settlement on a land grant (1862) and evolved into a frontier resort with casinos. Tourism remains its most important economic activity, and the city became the primary entry point for American tourists from California. Between 1950 and the mid-1990s, Tijuana’s population increased tenfold. Several American-owned maquiladoras (assembly plants) have opened in the area since the 1960s. Through irrigation schemes, vast areas of surrounding farmland were converted to wheat, barley, and wine grape cultivation, contributing to the city’s shortage of potable water, much of which is sourced from the Colorado River. Additionally, soft drinks, beer, and food products are manufactured here. Railways, highways, and airports connect the city with the southwestern U.S. and Mexico.

#1 Baja California bus to somewhere, Tijuana, 1971

Baja California bus to somewhere, Tijuana, 1971

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#2 Bazaar in Tijuana, 1971

Bazaar in Tijuana, 1971

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#3 Hotel Hiltom, Tijuana, August 1971

Hotel Hiltom, Tijuana, August 1971

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#4 Main street of Tijuana, 1971

Main street of Tijuana, 1971

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#5 Main street of Tijuana, 1971

Main street of Tijuana, 1971

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#6 Mexico border crossing, Tijuana, circa 1971

Mexico border crossing, Tijuana, circa 1971

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#7 Souvenirs in Tijuana, 1971

Souvenirs in Tijuana, 1971

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#8 Tijuana, 1971

Tijuana, 1971

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#9 Tijuana, April 1971

Tijuana, April 1971

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#10 Tijuana, April 1971

Tijuana, April 1971

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#11 Tijuana, August 1971

Tijuana, August 1971

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#12 Tijuana, August 1971

Tijuana, August 1971

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#13 Tijuana, August 1971

Tijuana, August 1971

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#14 Tijuana, August 1971

Tijuana, August 1971

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#15 Woman in Tijuana, circa 1971

Woman in Tijuana, circa 1971

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#16 Young man getting ready for a performance with his accordian, Tijuana, 1971

Young man getting ready for a performance with his accordian, Tijuana, 1971

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#17 Tijuana, April 1972

Tijuana, April 1972

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#18 Tijuana, 1973

Tijuana, 1973

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#19 Tijuana, 1973

Tijuana, 1973

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#20 Tijuana, 1973

Tijuana, 1973

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#21 Tijuana, 1973

Tijuana, 1973

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#22 Tijuana, 1973

Tijuana, 1973

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#23 Welcome Amigos, Tijuana, 1974

Welcome Amigos, Tijuana, 1974

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#24 Rancho Gift Shop, Tijuana, 1976

Rancho Gift Shop, Tijuana, 1976

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#25 Tijuana, June 1976

Tijuana, June 1976

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#26 Tijuana, June 1976

Tijuana, June 1976

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#27 Tijuana, June 1976

Tijuana, June 1976

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#28 Downtown Tijuana, 1977

Downtown Tijuana, 1977

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#29 Mexico border crossing, Tijuana, 1977

Mexico border crossing, Tijuana, 1977

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#30 Shopping in Tijuana. Not far from the U.S. and Mexico border, 1977

Shopping in Tijuana. Not far from the U.S. and Mexico border, 1977

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#31 Tijuana, 1977

Tijuana, 1977

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#32 Tijuana, 1977

Tijuana, 1977

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#33 Tijuana, August 1977

Tijuana, August 1977

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#34 Woman in Tijuana, 1977

Woman in Tijuana, 1977

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#35 Tijuana, 1978

Tijuana, 1978

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#36 Tijuana, 1978

Tijuana, 1978

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#37 Tourist trap, Tijuana, June 1978

Tourist trap, Tijuana, June 1978

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#38 Border, Tijuana, 1979

Border, Tijuana, 1979

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#39 Tijuana, 1979

Tijuana, 1979

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#40 Tijuana, 1979

Tijuana, 1979

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Written by Aung Budhh

Husband + Father + librarian + Poet + Traveler + Proud Buddhist. I love you with the breath, the smiles and the tears of all my life.

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