Atacama virtual: English
www.geovirtual2.cl

History of mining at the Atacama region (Chile): Tres Puntas

Buena Esperanza mine of Tres Puntas (1)

Museo Virtual, Atacama
W. Griem, 2005 - 2017
Ruins of mining town: Buena Esperanza mine at the Tres Puntas mining district at Atacama, Chile

Photo: The Buena Esperanza Mine is still recognized for its extensive ruins and labors. (Noviembre 2011 W. Griem; Ca50D10190).
Large Photo

Buena Esperanza: p.1 | p.2 | p.3 |Hist. | Data 

español / deutsch / english 

The former silver mine "Buena Esperanza" ("Good Hope") is located in the southern part of the district of Tres Puntas, near the former railway station "Chimbero".  It was by far the largest mine in this area, the old production data confirm an impressive mining rhythm. Between 1860 and 1870, the Buena Esperanza produced almost 80% of fine silver in the Tres Puntas/Chimberro sector. In 1869 and 1876, the mine produced even more fine silver than the many mines of Chañarcillo in the same period.  

The quantities of quarried rock and overburden were gigantic by the standards of the time.

Even today, a large number of large stockpiles can still be admired in this area.  It should be mentioned that the mining was carried out underground; the mostly English companies planned a sophisticated mining plan with their mining engineers in order to exploit the ramified and often quite deep aisle deposits optimally.  

The drawings of this system that have been preserved give a hint of its economic importance.    Even today, it is still possible to distinguish between the different types of buildings in the ruins. Solid houses for administration and machinery, light timber constructions for workers.


linea 250

Mining Atacama
History of Atacama

Atacama Mining history

Mining and Mines
List of mine districts
Mining between 1830-1920
Chañarcillo
Tres Puntas

Village of Tres Puntas
Cemetery of Tres Puntas
Mine of Buena Esperanza
Mina Cobriza
Cronología de Tres Puntas
Historical records
Treutler, living in Tres Puntas
Treutler: Salvadora mine
Philippi en Tres Puntas
más Tres Puntas

Cerro Blanco district
Lomas Bayas
Agua Amarga
Distrito Inca de Oro
Puquios - Carrera Pinto
Carrizal Alto
Checo de Cobre
More mining districts ...

next page in geovirtual

Area Tres Puntas
Estación FFCC Chimbero
Inca de Oro village
Carrera Pinto (ruins)
Distrito Inca de Oro
Ruta Copiapó - Diego de Almagro

Information Atacama
History of Atacama
Cronología de la Región
Mining history of Atacama
Railroad history of Atacama
Cartas y Mapas de Atacama
Cartas históricas de Atacama
Listado personajes de Atacama

Wolfgang Griem en:
Mail a Wolfgang Griemgoogle perfil Wolfgang GriemVer el perfil de Wolfgang Griem en LinkedIn

geovirtual en english - Atacama and geology
Cemetery of Esperanza Mine in the Atacama desert, Chile - historical silver mining

Photo: The small cemetery of the Buena Esperanza Ex-mine (Atacama Region) has almost collapsed under the rocks of the old stockpiles . Foto W. Griem, 2011 - Ca50D10142 - Foto grande


Literature:
Gormarz (1874): Estadística de la minas del Departamento de Copiapó 1869 a 1873, Provincia de Atacama. - Imprenta El Copiapino

Any new publication not authorized by the authors is expressly prohibited. This applies in particular to electronic publications:  Usage guidelines.

previous page of geovirtual

History of Atacama Mining - Content Atacama Region
History of Atacama

next page in geovirtual

 

Linea roja

 

www.geovirtual2.cl

Geology (spanish)
Apuntes
Apuntes Geología General
Apuntes Geología Estructural
Apuntes Depósitos Minerales
Apuntes Exploraciones Mineras
Periodos y épocas
Módulo de referencias - geología
Índice principal - geología

Virtual museum (spanish)
Virtual Museum: First page
Recorrido geológico
Colección virtual de minerales
Sistemática de los animales
Historia de las geociencias
Minería en ilustraciones históricas
Fósiles en dibujos históricos
Autores de trabajos históricos
Índice principal - geología
---
Images of Chile and Atacama

Atacama Region, Chile
Journey to Atacama / Atacama sightseeing places
History of Atacama
Mining history of Atacama
Geología de Atacama, Chile
Railroad history of Atacama
Flora Atacama
Fauna Atacama
Virtual vantage point to the Desert / Atacama en b/n
Road - maps / Imágenes 3-dimensionales
Climate of the Atacama Region
Links Atacama, Books & Collection of Books
List of names and places of Atacama

sitemap - list of all files  - schematic content - Information site geovirtual.cl

 

 

 

www.geovirtual2.cl / Museo Virtual / Región de Atacama

Mining history of Atacama, Chile

© Dr. Wolfgang Griem, Chile - all rights reserved  (Mail a Wolfgang Griem Uso de las páginas de geovirtual.cl y geovirtual2.cl)
Published (spanish): 25.12.2005; Updated: 8.10.2017

Mail a Wolfgang Griem Mail and contact
google perfil Wolfgang Griem Wolfgang Griem in: Google+
Ver el perfil de Wolfgang Griem en LinkedInSee profile of Wolfgang Griem

Any new publication not authorized by the authors is expressly prohibited. This applies in particular to electronic publications:  Usage guidelines.
© Wolfgang Griem (2005, 2009) - Todos los derechos reservados - alle Rechte vorbehalten - all rights reserved

Valid XHTML 1.0 Transitional ¡CSS Válido!