Founded in 1709 as El Real de San Fransisco de Cuellar as a mining center. Growth continued from mining wealth and in 1823 was granted City status and was named Chihuahua and was made the capital of the State of Chihuahua. Around 1908 Francisco Villa formed the Division of the North, which played a key role in the 1910 Mexican Revolution. Currently assembly plants are the main source of employment. Chihuahua is the start of the rail system named "Chihuahua-Pacifico" or "chepe" which connects the city of Chihuahua with the city of Los Mochis, Sinaloa. Chihuahua, being the capital city of the state, has a wide selection of museums and several landmarks and historic buildings. Chihuahua has two main universities, one of them being the Universidad Autonoma de Chihuahua (UACH) and the other being a campus of the ITESM. During your visit to Chihuahua you should see Hidalgo del Parral, Cascada de Basaseachi, Calabozo de Miguel Hidalgo, Casa de Ponco Villa and the mesoamerican site of Paquime.