La Esperanza Soap Factory

The abandoned buildings, destroyed, guard the memory of the splendor that once had. After being positioned as the largest soap factory in Latin America at the beginning of the 20th century and having an agonizing end with a strike of almost 15 years.

La Comarca Lagunera at the beginning of the 19th century experienced the transition from the wine to the cotton industry. With the arrival of the railroad in 1883, the region, accelerated its development, and became a migratory magnet. In 1892 La Esperanza Jabonera was founded, and in 1898 it was consolidated as the Industrial Soap Company La Laguna.

In 1993 La Esperanza announced going into bankruptcy. The industry was no longer profitable. Shortly before the bankruptcy, the workers started a strike.


The strike lasted almost 15 years, and during this time they ended up empty handed. The workers lost, the opportunity of a prospection in the future was lost also.

The soap factory was the pride of Gomez Palacio, Durango, a symbol of modernity and prosperity will now be turned into a Park. The palms are the only living memory of the beauty of La Esperanza architecture. The destroyed warehouses and dilapidated constructions are a true warning that nothing lasts forever.

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