mines which are just ruins now since they were disbanded in 1915. This is the site of the only tin mining operation in the US. Ore was only mined for about six years and the operation was unsuccessful. However, rumors abound of the Lost Padre Mine hidden in the Franklins. It is believed that Juan de Oñate left silver, gold, jewels, and Aztec codices buried in a mine shaft. I will be looking for that on my next running adventure.
cottonwood trees are growing here, as they can only grow along the river or near springs in the desert. I enjoy the spring and have a quick snack and then down I go.
Ruins from mining operation
Switchbacks to Mundy's Gap