We arrived in the quaint mountain
de Pozos a little after 10 am. Our driver finally managed to navigate a
series of roadblocks created by workers who are in the process of laying cables
and pipes under the cobblestone streets. This is a massive undertaking and is
mostly done by hand. While the work meant that we would have to make numerous
detours to get around town during our visit, it was extremely fascinating to
watch the workers first dismantle, then rebuild the cobblestone streets. I had
never thought about the process of building a cobblestone street. I guess I thought
of all the streets were old, as they look old immediately even after being
rebuilt. I kind of assumed the process might be a bit of a lost art, but it is
very much alive and well! village of Mineral
The process of chiseling out the stones by hand, digging up the channels for the wiring and pipes by shovel, and replacing the stones one by one, is extremely labor intensive, but the amount of progress made during our two day visit was impressive to say the least! I made a point of checking on the work and was able to photograph the process. The workers came to recognize me and would smile and wave while I took my pictures.
The process itself is relatively simple. First, a bed of concrete is laid onto the soil and tamped into place. Next a crew of workers begins to lay the stones out, carefully checking them for level. Finally a layer of cement is pushed into the cracks between the stones to stabilize the roadbed. A little wash with some water and a sweep with a broom, and viola, a cobblestone street!
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