Featured in Vallarta Lifestyles Magazine, Winter/Spring 2011 issue.

Some of the streets in Puerto Vallarta are named after people who have contributed in some way to the development of our destination, resulting in streets named for the town’s first teacher as well as city mayors. The following brief account includes some streets you may know; perhaps your favorite restaurant or hotel is located on one of them.

Ignacio L. Vallarta - El Centro

Vallarta served as governor of Jalisco from 1871 to 1875, after having been denied possession of the position years before and joining Mexico’s defense during the Second French Intervention. He died of typhoid fever on December 31, 1893.

Francisca Rodríguez - Col. Emiliano Zapata

Fondly remembered as “Panchita,” Rodriguez arrived in Puerto Vallarta in 1918 to become the area’s first teacher. She taught in makeshift schools until the construction of what is now primary school 20 de Noviembre. Retiring in 1943, she died years later when struck by a car on downtown Juarez street.

Rodolfo Gómez - Col. Emiliano Zapata

During Gomez’ tenure as mayor of Puerto Vallarta from 1939 to 1940, the first system of pumps and tanks were installed to provide piped water to the population.

Manuel M. Diéguez - Col. Emiliano Zapata

A Mexican revolutionary from Jalisco who participated in several conflicts in northern Mexico, Dieguez served as governor of Jalisco from 1917 to 1919. In 1923, during a fracas between Jalisco and Michoacan, he was arrested and taken to Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas, where he was shot.

Guadalupe Sánchez - El Centro

Sánchez is officially considered the founder of Las Peñas de Santa Maria de Guadalupe, which became Puerto Vallarta. He is said to have established himself here, along with family and friends, the morning of December 12, 1851.

Jesús Langarica - El Centro

Born in Talpa de Allende, at age 58 Langarica became the first mayor of Puerto Vallarta on May 31, 1918, serving for just eight months, the reasons for such a short term unknown. He served as mayor again from 1921 to 1922. He died at age 95.

Francisco Medina Ascencio - Hotel Zone

Medina was mayor of Guadalajara and was elected governor of Jalisco in 1965. During his administration, the Puerto Vallarta international airport and the coastal road to Barra de Navidad were built. He died at age 83.