Posted by: Sailing Camelot | July 21, 2011

July 20th – Santa Rosalia

Today we braved the heat and climbed the hill to the Mining Museum, officially called Museo Historico Minero de Santa Rosalia.

Copper Train

Sculpture honoring the miners at the Museum entrance

Dating back to 1895, this building used to be the original administrative office of Compagnie du Boleo,  the French company that purchased the claim from the original owners in 1885 and operated the mines until 1954.

The Accounting Office

It is remarkably well preserved, the furniture looks intact and there’s quite a bit of artifacts displayed.

Photo depicting working conditions in those times

Wagon

Later we walked down the hill into the town, admiring the surroundings. There are still quite a few traces of French architecture left: most notably, the steel-constructed church of Santa Barbara designed by Gustave Eiffel.

Yes, the very same Eiffel of the Paris Tower …

The Church of Santa Barbara - made of steel

Church Interior

Mini Eiffel tower inside the church?

I guess that also explains the presence of a French bakery, selling pastries, French bread, cookies and so much more. I’ll stock up before leaving, that’s for sure!

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