Santa Rosalia 
Santa Rosalia. The old copper minining town developed by the French.
Santa Rosalia. The old copper minining town developed by the French.

Only one hotel has Wi-fi in the rooms. The Hotel Frances.
Only one hotel has Wi-fi in the rooms. The Hotel Frances.

A brothel until the 20th century, or who knows when. Upstairs are the rooms without a view.
A brothel until the 20th century, or who knows when. Upstairs are the rooms without a view.

Entre. Everything is the original and refurbished.
Entre. Everything is the original and refurbished.

Pool was added in 1948. It was too cold to use it.
Pool was added in 1948. It was too cold to use it.

Not handicap accessible.
Not handicap accessible.

Lots of relics from the mining days add charm
Lots of relics from the mining days add charm

Mining stuff and copper
Mining stuff and copper

Chami stayed in the van, but we snuck her in at night.
Chami stayed in the van, but we snuck her in at night.

Hotel is on the bluff w/view of the ocean. Tourism board is starting to fix up this part of town.
Hotel is on the bluff w/view of the ocean. Tourism board is starting to fix up this part of town.

Crews touristizing this street where our hotel is.
Crews touristizing this street where our hotel is.

Lovely french homes beginning to be refurbished.
Lovely french homes beginning to be refurbished.

Every building on our street was getting a bright coat of color.
Every building on our street was getting a bright coat of color.

Most of these old homes are now being used as commercial buildings.
Most of these old homes are now being used as commercial buildings.

More bright colors
More bright colors

This is the new/old museum
This is the new/old museum

Spent a few minutes at the museum. Our hotel has lots of the same sort of stuff.
Spent a few minutes at the museum. Our hotel has lots of the same sort of stuff.

Note the gulf in the background. Town is right on the water but it is polluted.
Note the gulf in the background. Town is right on the water but it is polluted.

Our road that leads into downtown. About 1/2 mile walk.
Our road that leads into downtown. About 1/2 mile walk.

Church desiged by Alexander Eiffel, yes of the tower in France fame.
Church desiged by Alexander Eiffel, yes of the tower in France fame.

We think a wedding was planned
We think a wedding was planned

Along with its copper mining history, tourists visit to see Eiffel's church.
Along with its copper mining history, tourists visit to see Eiffel's church.

Downtown was clean and fun with tourists & locals
Downtown was clean and fun with tourists & locals

View up mainstreet.
View up mainstreet.

Town square. Main administrative building.
Town square. Main administrative building.

Town is pretty much this downtown area, the waterfront and the low bluff where our hotel is. Ends abruptly at desert edge.
Town is pretty much this downtown area, the waterfront and the low bluff where our hotel is. Ends abruptly at desert edge.

We were pleased with how clean the town was, relatively speaking. Mostly kids on bikes, scooters and skates use the square at night.
We were pleased with how clean the town was, relatively speaking. Mostly kids on bikes, scooters and skates use the square at night.

New benches, street lamps and stamped concrete sidewalks to welcome tourists.
New benches, street lamps and stamped concrete sidewalks to welcome tourists.

Lots of signs of Christmas still on display in January.
Lots of signs of Christmas still on display in January.

A stamped concrete intersection that even Bend and San Diego could admire.
A stamped concrete intersection that even Bend and San Diego could admire.

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