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A house on a hill

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Offline WL2

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A house on a hill
« on: December 17, 2007, 01:03:11 PM »
On my last trip I was traveling down the river road going east.  As we crossed Fresno creek drainage and looking south southeast I saw the remains of a very impressive house on the side of a hill.  I could not tell if it was on this side or the other side of the Rio Grande.  Does anyone know who may have built it.  I did not get a picture.  It was really large looking so it should have been associated with a successful venture.

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Offline bdann

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Re: A house on a hill
« Reply #1 on: December 18, 2007, 11:11:13 AM »
It didn't by chance look like this did it?

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Offline 01ACRViper

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Re: A house on a hill
« Reply #2 on: December 18, 2007, 11:33:05 AM »
I have seen the house you're talking about, it is near the Johnson Ranch, though i've never made it to the house to learn anything else about it

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Re: A house on a hill
« Reply #3 on: December 18, 2007, 12:55:50 PM »
It was very close to Solis, far east of the Johnson Ranch.  The house looked like a very nice spanish style.

No, I did not mistake Mariscal Mine for a house. :icon_wink:

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Re: A house on a hill
« Reply #4 on: December 18, 2007, 01:47:32 PM »

No, I did not mistake Mariscal Mine for a house. :icon_wink:

I didn't really think you did...  :eusa_whistle:
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Offline mediopelo

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Re: A house on a hill
« Reply #5 on: December 23, 2007, 03:05:35 AM »
The adobe ruins just downstream from Solis on the bluff over the river are on the U. S. side. There is an inhabited house (the last I heard) directly across from Solis on the Mexican side but it is not visible from the river. I believe it is the homestead of the Solis family for whom the site is named. He was a farmer who supplied the mine with produce.
« Last Edit: December 23, 2007, 03:08:31 AM by mediopelo »

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Re: A house on a hill
« Reply #6 on: December 23, 2007, 06:52:49 AM »
OK, I've found it in Google Earth---And on the 1971 USGS Shaded Topo, it is indeed listed as 'Solis'...Hmm, I'll have to make it out there next time...Wish I coulda seen it on my trip 2 months ago... :eusa_doh:
Looks cool, at least from orbit...
« Last Edit: December 23, 2007, 06:55:38 AM by PyramidBlaster »
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Re: A house on a hill
« Reply #7 on: December 23, 2007, 09:53:41 AM »
I am going to have to hike over there next time I am on the river road.

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Offline BIBEARCH

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Re: A house on a hill
« Reply #8 on: January 08, 2008, 08:48:47 AM »
On my last trip I was traveling down the river road going east.  As we crossed Fresno creek drainage and looking south southeast I saw the remains of a very impressive house on the side of a hill.  I could not tell if it was on this side or the other side of the Rio Grande.  Does anyone know who may have built it.  I did not get a picture.  It was really large looking so it should have been associated with a successful venture.


There are several ruins at the location. It is the homesite of Martin Solis, the fellow who is mentioned on the interpretive sign for Marsical Mine as "discovering cinnabar" in the area. Solis farmed the floodplain between these houses and the Solis Road. Along Solis road, you can still see remnants of the old irrigation ditches used to deliver water to the fields. The Solis houses are on the park's list of historic buildings.
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Re: A house on a hill
« Reply #9 on: March 09, 2008, 10:23:09 AM »
On my last trip I was traveling down the river road going east.  As we crossed Fresno creek drainage and looking south southeast I saw the remains of a very impressive house on the side of a hill.  I could not tell if it was on this side or the other side of the Rio Grande.  Does anyone know who may have built it.  I did not get a picture.  It was really large looking so it should have been associated with a successful venture.


There are several ruins at the location. It is the homesite of Martin Solis, the fellow who is mentioned on the interpretive sign for Marsical Mine as "discovering cinnabar" in the area. Solis farmed the floodplain between these houses and the Solis Road. Along Solis road, you can still see remnants of the old irrigation ditches used to deliver water to the fields. The Solis houses are on the park's list of historic buildings.

Made a short hike down Fresno Creek and up onto the hill where this place is located. Nice ruins. Cool view.

 


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