What better way to start the new week with a quiet trip down history’s memory lane. On the website of the Sante Fe New Mexican is a fascinating posting on the start of mining by the Spanish in New Mexico. Appears the Spanish merely took over a lead mine, long mined by the Indians:
The principal lead deposit worked by the Indian miners lay three miles west of their village. It was a spectacular vein that came right to the surface, perfectly accessible. The width of the vein was only about a yard, but the depth of the ore body extended far into the ground. Over the centuries, with nothing more than primitive implements, the Indians had created a deep trench that stretched some 60 yards in length.