|riding along. Deer in sight|
|We visited an old abandoned ranch that was once occupied by a few now famous|
artists. This art is over the doorway in the kitchen. It depicts a cowboy dreaming
about the food he's going to enjoy from the cook.
|This swimming pool was built around 1920, way out in the desert at|
a small development. The minors probably needed a good bath after
working hard in the mines all day (or more).
|We stopped at an old "stamp press" where they would take the ore they mined,|
and pulverize it with big metal plates. Pretty amazing considering that this
was built in the early 1900's.
|Lunch break at Ruby Lake|
|Hanging out at Ruby Lake.|
|The grave sites for the Buffalo Soldiers that served in the military.|
|Russ and Ralph found this Arastra. It was used to determine how much precious metal|
existed in a mine. If you had enough silver or gold coming out of this you could perhaps start
a mining company, gather investors, and maybe even make some money.
|Up a steep hill. Steve says difficult on a dirt bike! The jeeps made it easily.|
|Close-up of the Arastra. They would take raw ore, and then grind it up in here with|
a big grinding stone (not here anymore), powered by a mule/donkey/people and crush it
into powder. Then the precious metal was extracted and weighed. The more gold or silver
per ton of ore,the better.
|Somebody has staked a new mining claim|
|The US and Mexico border. Not so difficult to get over|
|Russ and Ralph know where there is a "cache" of food and water for Mexican's trying|
to sneak across the border. They took us there. There is a religious group that supplies this for Mexican
people who cross so that they do not starve.
|Gallons of fresh water, and a bucket full of non-perishable food for people trying|
to get across our border.