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Encyclopedia > Ojuela

The site of Ojuela was a tiny mining settlement located northwest of the mexican city of Torreon, Coahuila in (North Mexico). Now is well known as a "ghost town", because the mineral ore is exhausted.


Ojuela was originated by the discovering of a very rich gold and silver mine. this mine produced a great quantity of mineral during the last part of the XIXth century, all the extracted ore were transported by train and processed at the nearby location of Mapimi, Durango.


The origins of the mine can be traced to 1598 when it was discovered by a group of spanish prospectors, after that mineral potential was confirmed and the exploitation was started, later came the foundation of the human settlement, which was located at the top of a mountain very close to the mine main access, this was done, in order to have the workers and other mining staff closest as possible to the operation. The town developed rapidly from a small settlement to a village with all the urban services of that age; like post office, catholic church, several warehouses, general stores, saloons, Etc.


At the end of the XIXth century the property was adquired by the Peñoles Mining Company, this was one of the first mining operations of this company. At the begining of the XXth century there were problems with the mining exploitation due to the conflicts and struggles originated by the Mexican Revolution and with the additional problem water presence inside the mine. At the end of the revolution the operation continued but soon the mineral reserves were exhausted and the company decided to lease it to a local miners cooperative, therefore the town was gradually abandoned. Now there are no mining operation anymore, only few fossil, rock and stones sellers and some tour guides. Peñoles, based in Mexico City, Mexico, is a subsidiary company of Grupo Bal and is the second mexican largest mining company, and the first mexican producer of gold, zinc and lead and the world leader in silver production. ...


At the current moment the main buildings and other human created structures are in ruins. It is possible to visit this location and recognize the old church, the foundations of the miners houses, the warehouses, other mining facilities and to have a guided tour down the access of the former mine. The only surviving and functional structure is a suspension bridge. The bridge is knew by the locals as "Puente de Ojuela" (Ojuela´s Bridge), this bridge was rebuilt recently by the Peñoles Company, the original was scrapped and only the main archs are now displayed at the Torreon Exposition Center. Torreón is a city in Coahuila, Mexico. ...


The driving directions to visit La Ojuela are the following: From Torreón City take the federal highway to Ciudad Juárez, Chih. - El Paso, Tx; then 30 miles from Torreón take the deviation to Bermejillo, Durango, you must cross over this town and find the road to Mapimi. Once in the Mapimi road, 10 miles ahead you will find a Rocks, Minerals and Stones Shop at the left side of the road and there you will find a barrier, wait to the guard in order to pay a small fee (20-30 mexican pesos) and to access the road. From the barrier to the parking lot you need to drive almost 15-20 minutes. Misión de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe Ciudad Juárez (2000 population 1,142,354) is a city in Chihuahua, Mexico, across the Rio Grande from El Paso, Texas, USA. It is the major port of entry and transportation center of north central Mexico and the fifth largest city in México. ... This article needs cleanup. ...


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Puente de Ojuela Torreón Coahuila, México (131 words)
The Suspension bridge of Ojuela is located in the northeast of the state of Durango, close to the of grottos of Rosario, bordering the historical town of Mapimí.
The bridge unites the abandoned mine (the Ojuela) with a town, now a ghost town, from the time of the Colony.
The Bridge of Ojuela is an attractive technological wonder as well as a tourist one.
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