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Mining History in Atacama, Chile: Tres Puntas

Mines of the silver district of Tres Puntas, Chile

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Pic Pueblo Tres Puntas
The ruins of Tres Puntas
Map: situation today
Las ruinas del pueblo Tres Puntas están a punto de desaparecer, algunos pocos restos visibles se quedan en pleno desierto. . .

Pic Minas de Tres Puntas
The mines
Buena Esperanza
Al Fin Hallada
There were only a few vestiges of the mining district, some walls, shafts, pits and stairs lost in the desert.
Complete list of the mines

Pic Historia de Tres Puntas
Timeline of Tres Puntas

Pic Cementerio Tres Puntas
The cemetery of Tres Puntas in the middle of the Atacama Desert

Pic Estadistica Lomas Bayas
Tres Puntas 1869
Chimbero 1869
Tres Puntas 1876
Chimbero 1876

Pic Cartas Tres Puntas
Historical maps

Sector Fin Hallada
Sector Victoria

Images of Chile and Atacama
Village Tres Puntas - Philippi
Cancha Tres Puntas - Tornero
Apires en Buena Esperanza (Tornero)

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Pic listado Lomas Bayas
List of all the mines and owners..
A listing of all historic mines with historical production information and owners . .

Pic ilustraciones Tres Puntas
Historical documents
Historical texts

Treutler - the village of Tres Puntas
Treutler - dancing bar in Tres Puntas
Treutler - Interior de La Salvadora
Treutler - the miners of Tres Puntas
Treutler: Mining at Tres Puntas
Terremoto en Tres Puntas (Treutler)
Treutler accidente en Tres Puntas
San Román: Geology of Tres Puntas
Carta de un minero de Cornwall
Philippi at Tres Puntas
Philippi: History of Tres Puntas
Philippi: Description of Tres Puntas

Historical sketches
Buena Esperanza mine
Selection of minerals B. Esperanza
Dance Pub at Tres Puntas
Philippi: Tres Puntas 1
Philippi: Tres Puntas details
Interior Mina* (Treutler)

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Mining Atacama:
Content Mining Atacama
List of mining districts  Atacama
Mining from 1830 to 1920
Tres Puntas
Cerro Blanco district
Lomas Bayas district
Agua Amarga
Inca de Oro district
Puquios - Carrera Pinto
Cachiyuyo de Llampos district
Carrizal Alto
Checo de Cobre
More mining districts ...

Inca de Oro (village)
Llano de Varas
Ruta Copiapó - Diego de Almagro
Train station Chimbero
Atacama desert, Tres Puntas

History of mining
Introducing epoch 1830-1920
Technical innovations
Scientific innovations
Social conscience
Educational impulse
Mine safety

Railroad history of Atacama
History of Atacama
Mining history of Atacama
Flora Atacama
Animals of the Atacama Desert
Geología Atacama
Climate of the Atacama Region
Atacama desert
Beaches of Atacama
The Andes mountains
Rutas de Atacama
Carretera Panamericana
Aeródromos en Atacama

Tourist information
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Behavior in the desert
Specific terms
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Introduction, Tres Puntas district (Atacama region):

Tres Puntas is probably the second best-known historical mining district after Chañarcillo (in this case). Located about 80 kilometers away from Copiapó, actually in the desert. A large number of abandoned mines can still be seen with remains of plants and buildings. Some walls and foundations remained of the mythical village. Between 1848 and 1922, the production reached between 20 and 70 tons of fine silver annually. According to historical descriptions, Tres Puntas could be a model city of a western film (see: life in Tres Puntas). But on the other side of the coin there was a highly technical mining operation in this era. In particular, the mines of English printing companies achieved impressive production quantities (see: Good Hope). Unfortunately, the vetiform deposits did not continue into very high depths, the grades were lowered and the mineralization changed. But the boom period in this district was not as short as has generally been thought: almost 30 years after the discovery, fine silver production reached almost 27 tonnes. It should be noted that in those days (between 1895 and 1910) silver as a metal entered a global crisis. Silver metal prices fell to a historic low, and should not recover in the next few years either. Many mines lost their profitability forever.

Carta de Tres Puntas, Atacama

Informative Chart
Location: Tres Puntas
Diego de Almagro Communa, Atacama Region
UTM Location: E404.238 / N70.28.231
Altitude: 2013 m
Location: 14 km to SW (straight line) of Inca de Oro.
Road: 96 kms from Copiapó
Status: Abandoned
Mineralization: Ag (silver) in veins

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