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Balashi Gold Mill Ruins

Ao lado da Spanish Lagoon, Oranjestad, Aruba
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Ranked #10 of 27 attractions in Oranjestad
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Akron, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

I really like visiting this site every time I go to Aruba. The gigantic black stones that create the structure can be seen from a distance and it stirs the imagination as you drive closer. When you arrive, you can imagine how ships might have approached the building from the beach not far away. Then you can climb inside and... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Very interesting place to visit and learn about history of the Aruba island. It was new to us to learn that Aruba had Gold Mill at one point in history.

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Roswell, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

We saw this as part of a wonderful full day jeep tour with ABC tours. Our guide, Ralphie, told us the history of the site. When the islands were first discovered they were seen as dru, useless islands. In Spanish useless is "inutiles". This eventually morphed into "Antilles" as the islands are known today. Later they found there was gold... More

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Big Bay, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Interesting place, it was included in an ABC Jeep tour we took, it is not a place you spend all day at. It is worth going over and seeing, as a break from shopping, eating, and sunning.

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Rio Rancho, New Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

It was cool to go and see the different ruins around the island and hike around the areas! Always have fun learning about the history of the Island.

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Midlothian, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

If you happen to travel to the Natural Bridge, which is a worthwhile trip and does NOT even begin to require a Jeep, you will see at large stone ruin on your left as you are driving out. This late 18th century building is just off the main road and is an interesting little side trip. If you like climbing... More

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Wake Forest, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

We stopped here as part of our Jeep Safari Tour from De Palm Tours. Very cool place. If you're a climber, you can climb all the way to the top for a great view of the coast. Cool place, history is interesting. Good place to do your wishing stones.

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George Town, Grand Cayman
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

Great photo opportunities with this ruin. three walls still standing and you can scramble around in there. The Rock cairns that have been erected on the waters edge are interesting. A few minutes drive is the 'Natural Bridge'. Since you are over there, you might as well check that out. OK for cars.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

The fallen rocks, the water, the view of the desert was the best thing that I have viewed in a long time. I thought John Wayne should be riding around the mountains at any time. Awsome

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

We stopped here on a Harley tour. Pretty interesting place. Definitely would not have found this on our own.

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