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    This past weekend We drove to Alto after reading about it on this forum. We went in from the Mt. Hopkins Road - to FS-143 (4WD required) and out through Solero Ranch. At Alto we met an elderly gentleman who seemed to know a great deal of history of the area. He told us that the mines near Alto were being worked by the local Indians even before the Spanish came, and the Jesuits took gold and silver from the mines by using Indian labor. This was one reason why the Jesuits were expelled from the missions in the 1760s and all of their assests were confiscated by the Spanish military. I question this, but he refrenced the book by Kessell, John L. Mission of Sorrows: Jesuit Guevavi and the Pimas, 1691-1767 I can't get my hands on the book. Has anyone heard this story before about Alto? I am aware of the modern history of Alto.

    By the way, my grandson found an old crusted penny while wandering through the ruins at Alto. We were excited untill we got home and cleaned it up. It was dated 1985.

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    More from Alto;

    What is the Spanish meaning of Alto?

    It's on every stop sign in Mexico, but some say it means altitude?
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    Quote Originally Posted by normanlclark View Post

    What is the Spanish meaning of Alto?

    It's on every stop sign in Mexico ...
    That should tell you something

    As you go further south, like into Colombia, you'll see "Pare" on the stop signs.

    Either way, better STOP

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    Quote Originally Posted by normanlclark View Post
    More from Alto;

    What is the Spanish meaning of Alto?

    It's on every stop sign in Mexico, but some say it means altitude?
    It means tall or high in spanish.

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    Thanks for posting the visit to Alto. I'm interested to know more about the road trip down from Mt Hopkins. Did you go in on the Elephant head road to the observatory & then down? Where is that grafitti covered wall? I don't recognise it from the Alto town site, (there is only one ruin there).

    As far as the history of mining there I know that Salero, a few miles south, was mined by the Spanish. I don't think the Alto mines are that old. I'm interested in the history of that area also.

    Here's a couple of Alto in 06'.

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    Ouch! That graffiti was there in '07. I still cringe looking at it. It's Alto alright, on one of the north facing walls. Darned kids!

    I've heard that the Alto area had been mined since the Spanish days, but didn't see much evidence of it. I assume that the main mines were to the east and I should have gone to the higher elevations. You know our curse out here in Southern Arizona, if it's associated with the name of SPAIN, it's been looted for centuries out here.

    You came in the rough way, that's a horrid stretch of road!

    Bunker at Alto? Maybe Sasco? I'm puzzled here. Can you clarify?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Joel View Post


    Bunker at Alto? Maybe Sasco? I'm puzzled here. Can you clarify?

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    Vulture;

    Sorry I'm late in following up, but yes, we took the Bull Springs Road into Alto. You turn off to the right just before you get to the Whipple Observatory headquarters. It is only about 13 miles to Alto, but it took us almost 3 hours to go those 13 miles in a stock Tundra 4wd. I will do it again; there are a number of mines to explore, several abandond cars and trucks, and a few interesting side roads to explore. The road goes over a couple of passes that top out at about 5000' according to my GPS. A few very steep grades, but mostly slow because of the rocks you have to crawl over. The road/trail has not seen a grader in years. Hope this helps.
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    Default Archie wasn't there

    Joel;

    No Bunkers located in Alto that I could find.

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