MINES, CABLES, RAILWAYS, FOUNDRIES AND MINERAL LOADING.
BÉDAR, LOS GALLARDOS, GARRUCHA, MOJÁCAR, TURRE and VERA.
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A book for history lovers
A large format work (31 x 24 cm) that brings together the entire history of the rise and subsequent decline of mining in Bédar, Los Gallardos, Garrucha, Mojácar, Turre and Vera.
An activity that mobilised thousands of people and forever transformed the history of our region, leaving visible traces that will last forever in our landscapes, in our archaeology and in our historical legacy.
A work for Collectors
Given the pretension and quality of this work, the circulation will be limited, so that in a short time it will become a rare reference work and probably an object of collectorship.
If you are one of the people who like to treasure documents of great historical and sentimental value, this is your opportunity, and also with a reduced price (-10 € compared to the final price once it goes on sale).
A document that will be passed from parents to children
We have compiled all these stories and historical documents for you so that you can admire the greatness of an unrepeatable time.
And best of all, is that it is a magnificent volume that can remain in your family from generation to generation, as a witness to the passage of time. What do you think, this is part of your legacy to future generations who could not acquire this book if it is not through you?
A magnificent compendium for photography lovers
Do you like to enjoy looking and looking at old photographs? Do you like to analyse them and see those faces, streets, landscapes …?
Well, this work stands out by including no more and no less than 487! Mostly original photographs and illustrations, the product of more than two decades of compilation and which were only available in scattered private collections.
It is the opportunity to obtain all these photographs together, a unique and incomparable collection.
The book for those who seek their Roots …
Mining was so important in Bédar, Los Gallardos, Garrucha, Mojácar, Turre and Vera that practically the entire population, directly or indirectly, worked in it.
In addition, many people came from abroad seeking employment in the mines themselves, transportation, or foundries and the shipment of minerals.
So, it is very likely that if you are from the region, you can find your relatives in the almost five hundred photos included in this book and at the same time learn about the lives of these long-suffering workers who sometimes lived long periods in small caves or huts situated close to the work.
Railroad and technology enthusiasts will not be able to stop looking at these pages …
The history of mining in the Axarquía Almeriense is also the history of the railway and overhead cables.
In our region there was an aerial cable between Bédar and Garrucha which at the time was the longest and highest capacity in the world.
Bédar also hosted what was the largest mineral wash plant in the world, and of which only the images that are in this book remain, since today a mass of semi-detached houses now stands on its site.
… Or images of the project for the mineral loading dock on Mojácar beach, carried out by Eiffel’s company and its partners, of which nothing remains.
The reader will find in these pages dozens and dozens of original images of trains, installations, artifacts for the transport of ore, many of whose existence probably was not even know.
For lovers of Industrial and Social history
Civil engineering is exciting, and even more so that of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
This work collects an infinity of references, and of course images explained because there is also a social history of strikes, sabotage, robberies, poverty and opulence, of families impoverished by very low wages that, given the job instability, they ended up leaving the land where they were born to emigrate to Argentina, the United States, Algeria, France or Catalonia, where they could prosper and dignify their lives.
The descendants of those emigrants of yesteryear will find in this book, the reason why their ancestors made a decision as tough as leaving the land where they were born.
This work is available in both Spanish and English.
When making the reservation you can choose the language in which you want to receive it.
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For deliveries in the Axarquía Almeriense (Bédar, Los Gallardos, Garrucha, Mojácar, Vera, Antas, Cuevas, Turre, etc.) there will be no shipping costs, when agreeing to home delivery, just as there will not be any for pick-ups from our editorial.
Acerca de los autores:
Andrew Devey es un ex topógrafo e ingeniero minero con 24 años de experiencia en todos los niveles de la industria minera del Reino Unido, ocupando el puesto de Gerente general de Colliery en sus últimos 5 años de carrera, hasta 1997.
Posteriormente trabajó para la industria de seguros como experto en minería, inspector de riesgos especiales e investigador de reclamaciones.
Junto con su esposa Judy, se mudaron al sur de España, donde residen en El Pinar de Bédar (provincia de Almería) desde 2013.
Es autor de la obra “Jagdtiger, el vehículo blindado de combate más poderoso de la Segunda Guerra Mundial” (Schiffer Publications 1999) y también ha escrito diversos documentos técnicos y cerca de 40 artículos en revistas sobre astronomía solar y general.
Es un artista autodidacta especializado en dibujos detallados con acuarelas finas y, más recientemente, en reinterpretaciones de fotografías antiguas con Photoshop.
Juan Antonio Soler Jódar es médico de Bédar y médico especialista en Medicina del Trabajo con experiencia en diversos servicios médicos autónomos y servicios ajenos de prevención en España y Francia.
Técnico superior en Prevención de Riesgos Laborales, es también perito judicial en Prevención de Riesgos Laborales y experto en reparación judicial del daño corporal por la universidad Descartes de París.
Cuenta además con experiencia en salud en diversos centros de urgencias y socio-sanitarios.
En 2008 fue el ganador del Premio Barcelona de Salud Laboral, uno de los más prestigiosos premios que se conceden a la actividad preventiva laboral, otorgado por el ayuntamiento de esa ciudad.
Le apasiona la investigación histórica y ha estudiado concretamente las minas de Bédar y de sierra Cabrera en la provincia de Almería, en el sur de España, desde 2004.
Ha escrito más de una docena de documentos técnicos y artículos sobre historia minera, mineralurgia- metalurgia y, por supuesto, sobre accidentes y enfermedades profesionales típicas de los mineros como son el saturnismo y las neumoconiosis.