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Topolobampo Colony

Image - The New City

The New City
(newspaper cover)

Description of the Topolobampo Colony Collection

The Topolobampo cooperative colony was founded in 1886 by a group of American colonists at Sinaloa, Mexico, at the head of the Gulf of California. Leader Albert Kimsey Owen (1847-1916) was a surveyor, civil engineer, and utopian socialist. He dreamed of establishing a railroad from Texas to the site of "Pacific City," his ideal planned settlement. Owen funded his ideas through his Credit Foncier Company of Sinaloa. His ambitious plans were never fully realized, and the colony ultimately failed.


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Christian Goodwillie, Director and Curator of Special Collections and Archives
E-mail: cgoodwil (at) hamilton (dot) edu
Telephone: (315) 859-4447

Special Collections
Burke Library
198 College Hill Road
Clinton, NY 13323
Regular hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Materials Digitized - listed below

  • Social Solutions (9 issues, a 1886 English translation of the 1871 Spanish original)
  • The New City (vols. 1-2, 1892-1893)
Social solutions
This journal was edited by Jean Baptiste Andre Godin in 1871 and translated in 1886 by members of Albert Kimsey Owen's planned community Pacific City in Topolobampo, Mexico.
The new city (Topolobampo, Mexico)
Official organ in the U.S. of the Credit Foncier Company, Topolobampo, Mexico. Vol. 1, no. 1 (Dec. 8, 1892)-. Ceased with: Vol. 2, no. 15 (Aug 22, 1894).