Business in Saltillo in the early twentieth century was dominated by William Purcell (1844–1909), a talented Irishman who left his home to seek his fortune in Texas and Mexico aged 17. When he died in San Antonio he was a millionaire, owning half a million acres of cattle ranches, cotton farms and several silver mines. In the 1890s he opened a bank in Saltillo (now a gallery). You can also view the Casa Purcell, at Hidalgo 231, a grand English Gothic mansion built by Purcell in 1906.

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