Magdalena land of opals
In the year of 1948 and 1950 are discovered the first mines in Magdalena, Jalisco and surrounding one of the first discovered mines was “The only one” discovered by Pascual González González in 1948 estimated date that tells us one of their children who survived by Mrs Elvira González, located in the foothills of the Tequila volcano but that initially belonged to the estate of huizizilapa in the municipality of Magdalena , Jalisco., later the mines of San Simón, which was discovered in the year of 1958 by Mr. Gabriel Rubio Galindo, who was dedicated to making charcoal were discovered and which to remove a rock that ordered him to make the oven and burn or prepare the coal is encuentara a stone that shone and which was realized it was an Opal , so selling the stone to be found. Work the mines some time and stated that it was opals “galore” and is said that filling a wheelbarrow of Opal crystals per week, its value of opals is unknown but a stone at that time could not be more expensive thousand five hundred or thousand dollars, estimated a top cost but is unaware of the real value of the stones. Poesteriormente there were other mines such as: La Estancia, La Mora, El Huaxical, Las Latille, Las Cruces, San Martin, La Pata de Gallo, the Hostotipaquillo and mine also in the mountains of El Salvador municipality of Tequila were discovered several mines as: La Perla, El Cobano discovered in 1970 this according to a miner to work awhile in these mines Mr. Jose Gutierrez Villalobos who was born in 1958 and today is mine craftsman resins with opal and Carver, also arise other mines from the same date as: Las Azucenas, La Linda, El Verde, El Ventarrón, La Camelia, Las Crucitas and La Falda, all these mines were discovered and exploited and it was so in the years of 1965 – 1975 took place in the region the opal fever. Says that opals came in such quantity that they were sold by sacks and that persons who were engaged in the opals are counted by thousands says people who lived that time of prosperity, yet there are many people who lived through those times and is very interesting to hear their stories and their stories of what was a day Opal fever.
CUVALLES, Centre Univesitario de los Valles, Ameca, Jalisco
July, 2009; Volume 1: Magdalena famous land of Opal.
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