Entrance to Humberstone a town in the Atacama desert that was established to mine saltpeter or nitrate.
llustration of the process for mining saltpeter or nitrate.
Mining tools on display in the Humberstone ghost town.
Housing for engineers and technicians.
The Theatre was the an active part of the town's social life. This was the VIP section. At Humberstone's peak there was so much money flowing through here many entertainers came here before going to Santiago.
The town square and clock tower. All time was synced with this clock.
Housing for common mine workers and their families.
The hotel was built in 1934. This was the location of dances and other large events. There were 5 guest rooms, a bar, pool hall, dining rooms, large kitchen, pergola and a grand terrace.
The swimming pool, built of planks for clinched iron, was built in 1936 as part of the towns modernization program.
Loved the tree and it's shadow.
Typical roofing for many of the exterior facilities. This kept areas cool in the middle of the desert.
Market place where vegetables from Andes and fish from Iquique were sold.
The Catholic Church.
Example of shoe store.
Example of dry goods store.
The professionals home block. Houses grouped in 4 identical houses connected by side and back walls. Homes for Hospital Director, Chief of Welfare, School Director, etc.
Atacama desert running into the Coastal Mountains (from bus).
Iquique seaside (from bus).
Iquique is in an earthquake zone and experiences tremors on a regular basis (from bus).
Beginning of seaside walk (from bus).
Clock Tower at Plaz Prat, center of downtown.
Municipal Theatre is located on one side of Plaza Prat and is currently being rennovated.
Protest in downtown Iquique. This man was arrested and is missing.