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[*] posted on 10-27-2017 at 04:34 PM


Near Santa Rosalia.

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[*] posted on 10-27-2017 at 04:54 PM


Quote: Originally posted by Jack Swords  
https://s1.postimg.org/1lm2tba6sf/107-0706_IMG.jpg

Drywasher found near mine.


Jack, you want to pick the link called "Hotlink for forums" of the list of links for each of your photos. The links you are using are surrounded by ads for Asian women and other things! :O


Also, many of your mine photos are hosted on my site, here: http://www.vivabaja.com/swords/

You can hotlink to any of them, as you wish. Just use IMG tags or click on the button here that looks like a landscape scene.

Here is one of your mine photos at Sauzalito:



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[*] posted on 10-27-2017 at 04:57 PM


Quote: Originally posted by bajaric  
Ahh but Mr Goat, who says I don't read Spanish? I do, just not very well, trying to decipher the INEGI map system is not my idea of a good time, but I could do it and have looked at some of the web sites you referenced. Besides, a lot of source material is written in English. Most of the book "Modest Fortunes" was sourced from newspaper accounts in California as many of the miners were Americanos -- Also DK Pozo Aleman was not a "mine" it was a "mining town". The mines were located nearby. Who wants to go look for them!
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I will have to dig that up! Thanks.
What I remember was that there were basically three gold mine areas, near each other, and mined during different periods (1880s was Calmalli, 1910s was Pozo Aleman, 1930s was El Arco).




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[*] posted on 10-27-2017 at 06:43 PM


Thanks for the photos, Jack. The drywashers are cool. When at Yubay, I saw some drywasher remains just like this, in a cave.

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[*] posted on 10-28-2017 at 07:06 AM


Thanks David....haven't posted photos for a while and the "demise" of photobucket had me looking for alternatives. "Asian women" huh? Try as I might I can't find those. Later, I'll post a few other photos differently.

gueribo: David might have the photo of an old arrastra I took on our hike up San Pedro Martir. I'll look for it.
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[*] posted on 10-28-2017 at 07:23 AM


I am still using Photobucket as is TW and others... Perhaps because we paid the $40 for increased storage?

The ads surrounding your photos rotate daily... Today, instead of Asian girls, it has Obama hugging the film producer guy in the news!

In any case, you can go to your PostImgage and click the Share button in the top left corner of the page... then from the list of available links, copy the 'Hotlinks for forums' link...

Here are the photos and your captions, from above:


A mine near Pozo Aleman (Calmalli) from inside.


Crude sluice found near a mine...


Drywasher found near mine.


Rocker used for mining to separate gold from overburden.

Lots of mining stuff is found in Baja Sur still, in old mines and machinery is on the surface. I have found most landowners to be agreeable, but a couple of areas under active mining were guarded and would not allow us to look or take photos. Also some of the very old Spanish silver operations are still accessible, but require some hiking. Mines, hornos, settling ponds and other debris are out there.


A deeper mine in Baja Sur. Have encountered some poisonous gas in some of the deeper mines in Baja, not this one.





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[*] posted on 10-28-2017 at 07:30 AM
Luz de Mexico (gold), off L.A. Bay highway.


I took this pictures a few months ago...








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[*] posted on 10-28-2017 at 08:34 AM


Gennero at San Borja Mission had told me there was some old mines up the Canyon behind their house. He had offered to lead us up to them, however this was usually late afternoon causing me to choose between c-cktail hour and exploring. Alas I’m a weak man and never made the walk, anyone been there and have any pictures?
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[*] posted on 10-28-2017 at 09:07 AM


Way up are the San Juan mines... where the ore that was transported to Las Flores for processing (by 2 railroads and a cable tramline bucket system).

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[*] posted on 10-28-2017 at 10:41 AM


Quote: Originally posted by David K  



Mining is dangerous!


So is poking around in old mines!
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This is just some of the incredible amount of relative modern machinery laying around mining areas in Baja Sur. Mines played out, stuff abounds. Requires a bit of hiking and friendly ranchers.

This is a try following David's directions, hope no Asian women show up.
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[*] posted on 10-28-2017 at 11:09 AM




An arrastra found up near San Pedro Martir used for pulverizing and crushing ore. A mule or donkey walked around dragging a rock to pulverize ore within the circle. Pretty old technique. The drag rock with the holes is visible.

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[*] posted on 10-28-2017 at 11:41 AM


I think the mine by San Borja is only a mile or so away and there is a few pieces of very old mining stuff in Jose’s yard. I looked on Google Earth and thought maybe I could see an old waste dump.
Guess next time there I will need to choose between intrepid explorer or inebriated camper, decisions decisions.

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[*] posted on 10-28-2017 at 01:39 PM


The big stuff José told me came from San Juan when a truck could get through. Neal Johns and friends began to drive up there but a flat caused them to turn back as time was limited. They hired José to take them by muleback to El Aguaje. Photos at www.vivabaja.com/neal



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[*] posted on 10-28-2017 at 02:54 PM


Great photos, Jack.
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[*] posted on 10-28-2017 at 03:32 PM


For those of you who are up for a hike, there are at least two mine shafts on the the way up to Mike's mountain. I'm not sure what their name(s) are or what was being mined, but you can walk into them quite a ways before they start to branch off into other shafts.
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[*] posted on 10-28-2017 at 04:05 PM


“Fountain of youth”. José looks zactly the same as he did in the picture from 2002. Clean living up there in San Borja.
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Quote: Originally posted by Sr.vienes  
“Fountain of youth”. José looks zactly the same as he did in the picture from 2002. Clean living up there in San Borja.


Well, he doesn't drink or stay up late!

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[*] posted on 10-28-2017 at 05:51 PM


He does look great. A very kind man.
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[*] posted on 10-31-2017 at 08:35 AM


Not a mine, but an old stone ruin in the Sierra Juarez mining district. I attempted to identify the maker of the brick marked SP Co cemented in to the wall to date the structure, but a search of brick collecting web sites (yes, there are brick collecting web sites) did not turn up any matches. Possibly turn of century or earlier. Pics resized w/ Microsoft office picture manager. last pic is standing on mine dump of copper mine near Calmalli

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