Our Land Rovers from ABC Jeep Tours continued south along a very rough unpaved road toward Baby Bridge. Baby Bridge received its name because a much larger Natural Bridge was located nearby, until its collapse in 2005. We paused only briefly for photos and continued along the Aruba coast toward the Gold Mine Ruins.
Gold was discovered on Aruba in 1824 and mines sprang up along the island's northern coast. The Bushiribana Gold Mine smelter at this location was built in 1872 and operated for 10 years.
The Bushiribana Gold Mine is near the site of the former Natural Bridge. Although the larger bridge collapsed in 2005, there is still a smaller "daughter" bridge which is larger than the Baby Bridge which we saw earlier.
There is a small gift shop, refreshment stand, and pay toilets (50 cents) at the daughter bridge. These were the first toilets on the tour.
LS-11/10 copyright 2010 by Keith Stokes.