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I focused on my eyes on the ocean and the beautiful coastline, enjoying my vacation and disconnecting from everything. This area is Stopped here on the way to national park and on the way to the natural pools. A nice piece of local history. Also a vendor hangs out there so you can get a drink or something. I love to learn the local history when I What an interesting trip to Bushirbana.

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We climbing inside and took pictures. Our guide told us the history behind Bushirinbana and we took a lot of pictures. This is one of our favorite tour spots. You can climb and take so many cool pics. From so many diff angles. You can also take some of the rocks and build a little statue of your own and make a wish.

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Many people do You'll really want to take a tour to see this do you can hear it's history, otherwise it just looks like a crumbling building. They wouldn't let us go inside because it is crumbling, but some people where. So be careful when you visit. We climbed to the top and took pictures. It was an amazing view. Definitely worth the trip to see these incredible sites on the other side of the island. The place has it's own charm, history and stories about the place made it interesting, but the best part were the pictures!!

Action Tours Aruba took me We stopped here for lunch while on our UTV ride around the island. The kids loved to run around and check things out. Bathrooms here as well. Flights Vacation Rentals Restaurants Things to do. Cart 0. Tip: All of your saved places can be found here in My Trips.

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This property is closed Report incorrect address Suggest edits. Would you recommend wearing modest dress to this place or activity? Yes No Unsure. Would you send a friend who is visiting for the first time to this place or activity? Underground mining around Jamanota Map 1 began around Decades later in , a Dutch geologist described the mine as primitive, decrepit and deserted. However, mining restarted in the area around using steam power for equipment.

By , kg of gold had been extracted from this area. We could not locate any surficial evidence of this mining, but some structures reportedly exist. The ore from around Jamanota was transported several kilometers to the southwest to a mill at Balashi Map 1. This mill was built in and reportedly operated until around The ruins are still visible Photo 1 and show that processing probably included both cyanide leaching and roasting note concrete-lined vats in Photo 1; rusted oven not shown in photo.

Below the mill, to the south, there are at least several thousand tonnes of tailings Photo 2. The tailings are generally fine grained quartz, retain water for some time after a rainstorm, and for the most part have prevented revegetation. The tailings range in colour from light grey perhaps windblown to red-brown indicating significant iron oxidation Photo 3 , and there are some sulphides still present in places.

Click on Photo 1, 2, or 3 to enlarge it. The primary environmental effects in this area of Aruba come from the tailings area. At least portions of the tailings were, and probably still are, acid generating. However, the dry climate apparently minimizes the extent of oxidation and precludes off-site migration of contaminants. The second underground mining area was close to Jaburibari Map 1 and Photo 4. The ore from this area was transported less than a few kilometers northwest to Bushiribana on the north central coast, to a rock-walled building resembling a small castle built into a rock outcrop Photos 5 and 6.

This mill was reportedly built around and operated for 10 years. Processing apparently included both smelting, producing red-brown slag, and cyanide leaching which produced fine-grained tailings. Click on Photo 4, 5, 6, or 7 to enlarge it. With a heavy hammer and crowbar the rocks containing the precious gold were released.

Then they would be put in a chest and were past from hand to hand to Bushiribana.

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They put up a 10 km long road to transport the machines. There were probably steam engines, grind mills, water tanks and fern aces, just like the one in Bushiribana.

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The Gold mill was built of limestone. They chose Balashi, because of the better connection with the sea. The connections were provided by a system of 3 railway lines. The gold was mainly supplied from the area around Mira Lamar. Of tons ore the company achieved ,6 Oz. Pure gold. Although between and Oz.

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Fine gold was produced from ton ore. Furthermore all the required machinery had to be imported. Between and no gold digging had been done. The right was passed on to the Aruba Agency company, London in His uncle concluded with Ibbotson that this process proved to be more efficient and proved that the old process left more than half of the gold behind.