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Museo Virtual, Chile
W. Griem, 2006 - 2021
Camera Ricoh KR-10x | Focal Length: s/i | Time: s/i
Original size: 35mm | Date: 1999
Photo Information: Camera Kodak DX6490
Focal Length: 6,3mm (=38/35mm) | Time: 1:350
F: f/5.6 | Original size: 2304 x 1728 | Date: 2005/08/15/15:25 hrs.
Informative Frame Juan Godoi /
1952:3 inhabitants (source: XII. census)
1930:56 inhabitants (Mr, Cs) (source: X. census)
1920 205 inhabitants (source: Census 1920)
1895:954 inhabitants (1)
1885:1450 inhabitants (1)
1875:1963 inhabitants (1)
1853:6,277 inhabitants (1)
More statistics of the Atacama Region (here)
(1)= source: Visión Atacama, 1986
Juan Godoy discovered the famous Chañarcillo silver
deposit in 1832. In the following years, a strong exploitation of the
rich veins began. Sometimes they found silver in its pure form or very
high grade veins (here).
Juan Godoy village was formed near the mine. In 1858 the railway line of
Caldera - Copiapó
Pabellón to Juan Godoy arrived.
Vetiform mineralization had extraordinarily high silver grades. Chañarcillo was the third largest silver deposit worldwide. Names of mines such as "Delirium" still show the spirit of the epoch. The riches of the site supported the region in a considerable way in its development. The gains allowed a large part of the country's external debts to be repaid at this time.
(see pertenencias and name of the mines)
But the rich areas were quickly exploited and production dropped considerably. In addition, the mine was filled with groundwater because of a blasting accident in 1888. At last all the mines were closed. In 1932, only one miner remained in this area. Chañarcillo's abandonment between 1890 and 1905 has several reasons:
1. Depletion, deepening and technical problems in mines.
2. Extreme fall in the price of silver on the world market due to changes in the monetary system.
3. New deposits - large and low-grade (= metal content) such as Elisa de Bordos.
► Ruins Juan Godoy
Estación Ffcc Chañarcillo
Mina Dolores 1
Historia de Chañarcillo
Textos sobre Chañarcillo
Illustrationes of Chañarcillo
Descripción de las minas
Geología: Textos históricos
Railroad history of Atacama
History of Atacama
Mining history of Atacama
Beaches and coast of Atacama
The Andes mountains
Rutas de Atacama
Aeródromos en Atacama
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