This article was translated by John R. Bopp

The Biscayne town of Durango has sister cities with the same name all around North America.

In Mexico, there’s a whole state of Durango, which, during the colonial period, was known as the Kingdom of New Biscay.  Its shield, like that of the colonial territory, shows an oak tree, two wolves, and two groups of oak leaves in a garland.  Those are exactly the same elements the shield of Biscay had during the colonial period.  Its capital city is also called Durango, and that ended up being the Mexican state’s name, too.

But a bit further north, on the other side of the Rio Grande, there are three other Durangos, in Iowa, Texas, and Colorado.

On August 15, a council member of the City of Durango, Colorado, founded in the 19th century, visited the Durango in Biscay to hand over the keys to the city to a representative of the Biscayne town.  The visit was made taking advantage of the council member’s personal visit to their son’s wedding, as told by a newspaper from that town.  

Durango Herald – 22/8/2017 – USA

Talk about town: City councilor delivers keys to sister city

A representative of the City of Durango, Colorado visits Durango, Biscay to hand over the keys to the city to the Biscayne town.
A representative of the City of Durango, Colorado visits Durango, Biscay to hand over the keys to the city to the Biscayne town.

While he was in Spain last week for his son’s wedding, Durango City Councilor Dean Brookie stopped in to visit Durango’s sister city Durango, Spain, to present one of its city councilors (and local surgeon) Goiztidi Diaz with a key to the city of Durango, Colorado. Mayor Aitziber Irigoras, a former law professor, was unable to attend. Durango, Spain, is in the Basque region in the northeast part of the country.

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