LAS MINITAS

also in Spanish here

Las Minitas taken from two different angles. A newly developed residential area, still in it's infancy and still with growing pains.

These pictures were taken from the same location facing SE. However this development is spread so that we thought it best to turn the camera and take two different shots.
No one can dispute the beautiful scenery seen from any direction in this development. I guess that is what is drawing more and more new residents.


Las Minitas has a population of approximately 300 now in 2004. Ten years ago it was much less. The people didn’t like to live here because of no water and electricity plus most people didn’t have a car to drive to town and to walk was hell. In 1993 Las Minitas received electrical service and in 1998 the potable water system was installed. Since then there have been more people coming to live here. We also have Americans as neighbors. Las Minitas is a quiet and safe place to live. Our neighbors are distant because of the size of the lots. They are pretty big; 50 meters x 50 meters. Therefore it is not so crowded with people. There are a few snakes crawling during the summer. The more Las Minitas grows the more the desert animals and snakes will go away. Besides, its cooler in Las Minitas. We get fresh clean air and the ocean breeze.

 

This straight dirt road is the main road to Las Minitas, and runs 3 to 4 miles off the highway. It is shorter than the other road next to the harbor and saves mileage. The road is not in good condition; it’s rocky and gets worse whenever there is a baja race. If you have a good car you might want to take it slow, but if you have an old car or one that can handle that road, than step on it, but it won’t be safe. They have plans for the end of the year or beginning of next year to pave it. It will make it faster to get there with your car in one piece.
This other dirt road, next to the harbor, is the one that everyone uses for now. This road was made by the local residents of Las Minitas, like many others around the village to get their way around to town. It can be closed anytime by the owner’s of these properties. This dirt road is not rocky, but it's sandy and permanent. The only sad thing about this road and probably a good idea to close it, is that people in town or fishermen use this road for a dump site. It’s smelly when they come and dump dead fish, cats & dogs and home garbage and definitely not healthy.  Other than that more people prefer to take this road.

The water Pila was put up to provide water to Las Minitas. If you go up there you’ll see a beautiful view of how Las Minitas looks during the day and night, but be careful, you don’t want to go there when its hot during the summer, you might run into a snake. Not to scare you, just being cautious. 
Las Minitas (the mines) was named by locals in the area, because of this cave mine. Back in 1950’s or 60’s there were mine diggers in this cave digging for sulfur. They stopped digging when the sulfur ran out. If you drive by there in a truck (because it is higher than a car) during winter, it feels warm because of the sulfur.

This is the only store in Las Minitas. Three others have tried but closed. There aren’t many provider businesses in the village. If we need something we have to go to town and get it. We are hoping for more local businesses for all our needs. 

At another house they provide propane.


Roberta Molina Gonzalez and her deceased husband Genaro Avalos (a U.S Citizen) was the first family to come and live in Las Minitas in 1974. They were the only family for a couple of years, but with 16 children alive (of 19) they had a community in their household. There was no water nor electricity. They had no car to get to town so they had to walk. It took about 1 1/2 hrs. to get there. In summer time they slept outside and each day they killed about 10 snakes. She cooked with wood and had to walk about 1 - 2 miles everyday to get water from a well and washed by hand tons of clothes for her children. To survive they drank potable water (not drinking water), but first she’d boil it. Ten years ago they started to drink, drinking water.

This elementary school is now 21 years old.  It’s called Josefa Ortiz de Dominguez. There are 25 or 30 students. It has only two classrooms in one building. In one 15 students in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd grades and in the other classroom 15 students in the 4th, 5th and 6th grades. They did had a small library room, but it is now closed.

This school was built by the Castaneda, Sosa and Avalos families amongst others. Back then they had only an outhouse, but today they have bathroom facilities.

Pictures and Photos by Angela Castaneda Alvarez

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