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William W. Besse's Photo Gallery

Collecting at the Bessemer Mine

Bessemer Mine, Bessemer Mines, Iron Ridge, Lava Beds District, Lava Bed Mts, San Bernardino Co., California, USA

This photo was taken on a MSSC field trip on 2 March 2002.
Copyright: © William W Besse      Photo ID: 902955     Uploaded by: William W. Besse   View Count: 37   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 2560 x 1920 pixels (4.9 Mpix)

Bessemer Mine from the south on Bessemer Mine Road

Bessemer Mine, Bessemer Mines, Iron Ridge, Lava Beds District, Lava Bed Mts, San Bernardino Co., California, USA

This photo was taken on a MSSC field trip on 2 March 2002.
Copyright: © William W Besse      Photo ID: 902954     Uploaded by: William W. Besse   View Count: 18   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 2560 x 1920 pixels (4.9 Mpix)

Granite Gap

Granite Gap, San Simon District, Peloncillo Mts, Hidalgo Co., New Mexico, USA

This is from Beyer, Joan and Gibbs, Ron- Minerals of the Granite Gap Mines, Hidalgo County, New Mexico- Rocks & Minerals, Vol. 77 No. 5, September/October 2002, pp. 298-305 and is a combination of the first two figures in the article.
Copyright: © William W Besse      Photo ID: 883977     Uploaded by: William W. Besse   View Count: 52   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 2606 x 2463 pixels (6.4 Mpix)

8E8-RJJKyanite, Muscovite (Var: Sericite)

Multiple photos available
Drifted Snow Mine, Obregon, Cargo Muchacho Mining District, Cargo Muchacho Mts, Imperial Co., California, USA

Dimensions: 95 mm x 45 mm x 33 mm
Weight: 117 g

Kyanite blade in sericite
Copyright: © William W Besse      Photo ID: 881798     Uploaded by: William W. Besse   View Count: 46   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 4272 x 3166 pixels (13.5 Mpix)

Boleo Smelter Smoke Stack on the Hill, 1979

Boleo District, Santa Rosalía, Mulegé Municipality, Baja California Sur, Mexico

When this picture was taken the old smelter was still in full production (April, 1979). To keep some of the smoke out of Santa Roselia they needed a much taller smoke stack. It was financially impractical to build a tall steel or brick smoke stack. If steel it would have to be imported. If brick it would be to massive a project. Their answer was to build it on the ground up the arroyo (foreground of the photograph shows the top of the stack on the ground), across the arroyo, up the hill, and then build a shorter, more practical smoke stack on the hill. This was a distance of well over 200 meters.

Dumps in the background are of the Calera Mine.
Copyright: © William W Besse      Photo ID: 838487     Uploaded by: William W. Besse   View Count: 32   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 1326 x 904 pixels (1.2 Mpix)

Boleo Company Mine Office, 1979

Multiple photos available
Boleo District, Santa Rosalía, Mulegé Municipality, Baja California Sur, Mexico

The building with the clock tower was the offices of the Boleo Company. Now it is the Museo de Historia de la Minería de Santa Rosalía.
Copyright: © William W Besse      Photo ID: 838332     Uploaded by: William W. Besse   View Count: 42   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 1336 x 868 pixels (1.2 Mpix)

Curuglu Tunnel, 1979

Curuglu Mine, Arroyo del Boleo, Boleo District, Santa Rosalía, Mulegé Municipality, Baja California Sur, Mexico

This is the entrance to the Curuglu Tunnel in Canada de Curuglu. The tunnel transported ore from the Curuglu Mine to the rail head close to the Amelia Mine in Arroyo de la Soledad.
Copyright: © William W Besse      Photo ID: 836485     Uploaded by: William W. Besse   View Count: 76   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 904 x 1318 pixels (1.2 Mpix)

New Curugle Incline into the Amelia Mine

Amelia Mine, Arroyo de la Soledad, Boleo District, Santa Rosalía, Mulegé Municipality, Baja California Sur, Mexico

This is a photograph down the New Curugle Incline into the Amelia Mine. This was the incline dug by Pala Int'l to get to the boleite and cumengeite collecting area of the mine.

Unfortunately to get the incline sun lit I had to have my shadow in the photo as well.
Copyright: © William W Besse      Photo ID: 836130     Uploaded by: William W. Besse   View Count: 128   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 904 x 1339 pixels (1.2 Mpix)

Boleo Smelter in Full Production, 1979

Boleo District, Santa Rosalía, Mulegé Municipality, Baja California Sur, Mexico

This shows Santa Rosalia with the Boleo smelter in full production billowing smoke from all stacks.

This photograph was taken in April 1979 looking north towards Santa Rosalia from the Hotel El Morro.
Copyright: © William W Besse      Photo ID: 836095     Uploaded by: William W. Besse   View Count: 47   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 1340 x 886 pixels (1.2 Mpix)

Grubbing in the dirt at the Amelia Mine

Amelia Mine, Arroyo de la Soledad, Boleo District, Santa Rosalía, Mulegé Municipality, Baja California Sur, Mexico

The three people grubbing in the dirt for boleite and cumengeite on the dump for the New Curuglu incline are Curt van Scriver (left in dark plaid shirt), Tony Kampf (Assistant Curator of Minerals at L.A. County Museum of Natural History, center in red plaid shirt), and Peter Keller (Curator of Minerals at L.A. County Museum of Natural History, right in blue shirt), April 1979.
Copyright: © William W Besse      Photo ID: 835368     Uploaded by: William W. Besse   View Count: 170   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 4000 x 2783 pixels (11.1 Mpix)
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