La Elvira is currently a ghost town. It was abandoned in the 50’s and 60’s, once the iron ore mines were closed. Extracting the mineral had become very expensive and the mountains were collapsing after years of works under the terrain. It’s also in the middle of a tectonic fault. The last family, Moreno García, moved in 1962 to a nearby neighborhood, Ledo.
This ghost town was pretty big. It had a church (in the picture), a school, a hospital and a shop for miners (“economato”). All those buildings were built with poor materials, as usual in mining areas. Old Spanish newspapers refer to this town as the center of communist demonstrations in the area. Nowadays, it’s empty and silent, but very inspiring. Only some horses spend their days in this land.