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The Industrial History of Mojacar, Garrucha, Bedar and Los Gallardos


Posted: Tue Aug 13, 2019 3:35pm
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Andy Devey

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Location: Mojacar

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My name is Andy Devey and I am a retired Chartered Mining Engineer living near Bedar. For the last 2 years I have been working full time on a book about the industrial history of this area together with a Spanish co-author Juan Antonio Soler Jodar and between us it is the product of over 20 years of combined research. The book is very close to completion.

We have a Spanish publisher that wishes us to demonstrate the market prior to deciding on the number of copies to print for the English and Spanish editions.

We present the local Green ways and mining walks and the first detailed research of the Iron ore mines at Mojacar, the copper mines in Sierra Cabrera and the Iron ore mines in Garrucha and so much more.

We have the detailed history of the railway facilities at Mojacar and the mineral loading activities between the beach and the steam ships anchored 300 m off shore. We present newly discovered photos of the steam locomotives. 

Further, we have discovered photographs of the original house at Marina de la Torre from the 1890's prior to it being converted into the Alegria Palacio Mojacar in 1907.

We cover the human story and also the technical aspects of the mines, cables, railways, foundries, mineral wash plants and ship loading activities.

The finished work will be large format (31 cm x 24 cm) high quality paper, with over 300 pages and more than 550 photos, maps and drawings etc. About 50 % of the photographs are from the 19th and early 20th centuries. There are over 20 expert colour renditions of some of the more dramatic historical photographs.

Our goal has been to present a tribute to over 130 years of hardship and effort for all those involved at the time.

I have enclosed a photograph showing the scope of our work. It includes email contact for those that wish to be included on the list to buy a copy of the book.

I do hope that our work is of interest to members of this forum.


Wed Aug 14, 2019 7:44pm

Posts: 93

Location: Bédar

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Posted: Wed Aug 14, 2019 7:44pm

Put me down for an English Language copy Andy.

I'm looking forward to reading about the history of the mines and workings in full including the engineering feats and the lives of the miners and engineers.

I know the book is going to be an entertaining and informative read.




Sun Aug 18, 2019 9:16am

Posts: 9

Location: Albox

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Posted: Sun Aug 18, 2019 9:16am

Hello Andy

My name is Steve Ryder, I would be very interested in a copy of your book. English would be preferable for me at the moment; as I'm still improving my Spanish. 

Andy, I live in Albox and I am very interested in the geology & industrial mining archeology of this region. I have been out and about a bit exploring and have been pleased to discover the degree historical (and present) mineral extraction. I have been scanning the Internet to glean more information, but If you would be so kind to suggest some more points of reference I could use, I'd be extremely grateful. 

Very Best Regards Steve. 

Andy Devey

Andy Devey

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Sun Aug 18, 2019 9:50am

Posts: 3

Location: Mojacar

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Posted: Sun Aug 18, 2019 9:50am

Hi Steve,

Thanks for that, I have included your name on the list.

My co-author Juan Antonio runs a large site about the mines in the Bedar area and has published a number of articles in Spanish. This is his web site. His articles are on the Biblioteca page.

This is a good site about the Rodalquilar gold mine in the Cabo de Gata park.

This is a good site that gives a resume of the mines in Andalucia

Have you visited the Bedar, Garrucha and Sierra Cabrera/Mojacar mines?

Very best regards



Sun Aug 18, 2019 6:14pm

Posts: 8

Location: Turre

Posted: Sun Aug 18, 2019 6:14pm

Hi Andy

Could you put me down for an English language edition please, it’s for my partner Steve who is a mining engineer himself, so I know he’ll be extremely interested in this. 

Thank you 



Mon Aug 19, 2019 8:35am

Posts: 2

Location: Vera

Posted: Mon Aug 19, 2019 8:35am

Hi Andy

We're living in Western Australia just now but will be full time in the area early 2020 so are researching as much as we can to find out about the past and present. 

We would love to pre order your book.

Jane and Michael


Wed Aug 21, 2019 8:20am

Posts: 3

Location: Velez Blanco

Posted: Wed Aug 21, 2019 8:20am

Hi Andy, please can you reserve me a copy in English language, very interested in the geology of the region as a Drill and blast engineer this book sounds very interesting look forward to the release. 

Regards Nathan


Thu Aug 22, 2019 9:39am

Posts: 2

Location: Turre

Posted: Thu Aug 22, 2019 9:39am


My name is Janet and I recently moved to Los Gallardos 4 months ago. I am very keen to learn everything about my new loction and would like to order a copy of your book in English please .


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