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Posted: 21/11/2011 22:41:47
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The location for this mine http://www.aditnow.co.uk/mines/Murcia-Spain-Mixed-Mine/ seems a bit suspect - the map shows it as being some miles out to sea off Cartagena!

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Posted: 24/11/2011 09:58:56
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OK, I've moved it on to dry land. The hills east of Cartagena, la Sierra Minera, look like a mining historian's paradise but, by all accounts, also an environmental disaster area. I plumped for the Minas Las Matildes site which is one of the principal tourist sites with the remains of an old Cornish engine house. Plenty of links and images on the web if you've an idle hour or two.
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Posted: 24/11/2011 10:37:19
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I can promise there are some superb sites to visit all described in IA recordinngs DVD of Mines of Spain part 2

This compilation has no commentary. Incidental dialogue in Spanish & English. Over 250 captions are used to identify sites and scenes throughout the DVD. Running Time: 1 hour 42 minutes, Recorded

In April 2008, the Shropshire Caving and Mining Club visited the Sierra Minera region of Murcia in Spain to see some of the vast range of ancient and modern mines which survive so well in the area. At scores of sites, flat-rope winders stand beside intact steel or wooden headframes over extremely deep open shafts. First we visit Las Matildes mining museum near La Unión, where the Fundación Sierra Minera preserves and exhibits a wide variety of mines, buildings and equipment. Later we see the huge Corta Brunita opencast zinc mine followed by the picturesque ruins in the Rambla del Avenque. At El Laberinto a tunnel takes us to Mina Obdulia and we then travel to Portman to see a jetty completely cut off from the sea by mining waste filling the bay, and we explore part of the large elaborate processing mill Lavadero Roberto. We go underground to see the work being done to make Agrupa Vicenta into the show mine of the Parque Minero de la Unión. Following the "33 Road" mine track over the mountain takes us through Roman and later mining remains including manganese kilns overlooking Portman Bay. At Corta Emilia we were given permission to examine a unique donkey gin. Cabezo Rajado - the "Riven Hill" has been mined for hundreds of years still has plenty to show: 450m deep shafts, ornate steel headframes, a flat rope winder and a large mill containing 40 wooden flotation cells and a ball mill. Back at ground level, The winder at Mina Ocasión has both its flat ropes still in good condition. At El Lirio, levels with wooden pit props lead to fascinating underground stables. In the sidings leading to the railway tunnel Jose Maestre are many rail tipping cars and two locomotives. La Parreta is an impressive collection of mill buildings including Lavadero San Ignacio. Mazarrón west of Cartagena is an ochre-red zone of rich lead and silver, mined before the Romans. The hill is cut by open stopes and dotted with open shafts; many with headframes of stone, wood or steel. Under a wooden building, a steam winder still has its flat ropes connected to a wooden headframe. Thanks to Andy Wood for organising the visit and to our Spanish friends Ana Christina Contreras and Paco Fernández Antolinos of the Fundación Sierra Minera; Reme Pagán Martí, Profesor Jose Ignacio Manteca and the Parque Minero de la Unión; and Portman Golf SA for site access. Thanks also to participants including the Friends of La Union Mines; and to Rob Vernon for his excellent research and guidance at and around Mazarrón.
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Posted: 09/06/2016 23:40:12
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More photos of Murcia mines here in a pdf file

http://shropshirehistory.com/misc/spain.pdf

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Posted: 10/06/2016 09:52:38
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Found this ...





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Posted: 10/06/2016 10:04:02
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There are also some great mines further down the coast between Garrucha and Aguilas in the Sierra Almagrera.. Bit of a hike to get to some of them but worth it

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Posted: 10/06/2016 12:09:48
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Trogleman wrote:

More photos of Murcia mines here

http://shropshirehistory.com/misc/spain.pdf



It looks fantastic, was there any underground access?
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Posted: 10/06/2016 14:33:39
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Possibly but we were only on a surface tour. A lot of the mines were deep shaft access but there are probably adits as well. IP: 82.15.124.252
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Posted: 10/06/2016 20:10:20
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Trogleman wrote:

Possibly but we were only on a surface tour. A lot of the mines were deep shaft access but there are probably adits as well.


I wonder if there are any local explorers, My sister-in-law leaves inland from Malaga so a visit may be a future possibility Smile
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Murcia, Spain Mixed Mine
Posted: 11/06/2016 19:22:22
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ttxela wrote:



I wonder if there are any local explorers, My sister-in-law leaves inland from Malaga so a visit may be a future possibility Smile


There is a website (http://www.almagrera.es/) set up by 3 Spanish guys who've done some underground stuff there. The site seems to have lost some of its content recently (and it's in Spanish) but it's worth a look. There are also a couple of underground photos of the El Arteal mine on the Mindat site - the adit there is open. Most workings are by deep shafts, however. There are a lot of remains of smelters on the coast and the flues are of such a size and length that it's worth exploring them - like being in a mine! The biggest complex is near Palomares - search for Palomares Iron Smelter on this site and you'll find a set of photos.
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