Additional Lluvia de Oro Notes
The following notes supplement what I wrote the night of 25 May 2004. Perhaps they may be of some use. I know all these things are disjointed but somehow I frequently discover disjointed information has a way of coming together with other material--Doug
The graves mentioned in yesterday’s note are all on a ridge below and almost due south of Lluvia, they are spread out over at least 100 meters, most are heavily overgrown with weeds and brush. Only a few of the graves had metal markers, the rest appeared to have had something similar to plaster over concrete. The plaster dissolved over the years taking any data with it. This graveyard may be seen from lluvia and is accessible by a rough trail that ends above the house presently occupied by the Castellon family.
Use of the lower graveyard was discontinued sometime after 1936 and burials were made in a newer graveyard on a pass southeast of the mine, probably at pass of the Gringo. Francisco (Chico) Ceras is probably buried in this graveyard.
Most of the mine’s papers were stored in a house at Lluvia and were reportedly taken outside and burned as trash. About 10 years ago, Daniel Espinosa showed me a trunk full of papers from Lluvia, including a map of the mine. He was saving the papers and hoped to eventually donate them to a museum but could find no place he trusted. At the time, Daniel lived in Cienaguita with his wife Rachael. He, I believe, was originally from Reforma, she was from California. Both had worked with Cesaer Chavez of grape union fame. Rachael had health problems and they moved back to California about 6 years ago. Apparently, Daniel visited Reforma in mid-May 2004 leaving 3 days before Dave Nelson and I arrived. Where Daniel and Rachael live in California is unknown but some digging in this area may turn up contact information.
Roughly about 1970 a mining consultant visited the mine and left many survey markers painted in the mine. No other information is known.
During the revolution (1910-1922) Buenaventura Becerra was apparently singled out for being a Godson of Porfirio Diaz. Everything was taken from him and he was left in ruin. His brother, Rafael, was the haciendado of Guachera, now on the road from Reforma to Cienaguita. Rarael’s son, Buenaventura was killed in Santa Maltilde while taking a conducta of silver to Alamos, Sonora, to have coins minted. I believe this was during the revolution.
The present Ventura Becerra’s daughter Maria del Carmen Becerra Osuna lives with her husband Rigoberto Brito (spelling?) in Goodyear, Arizona. He is planning on visiting them in Arizona and may be available for an interview. Ventura keeps his papers with relatives in El Fuerte and did not have his daughters address available, nor was he certain how to spell his son-in-law’s last name.
Ventura tells us he learned so much about the mine from talking with his father and from reading old ledgers and papers from the mine.
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