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ROCCAMORICE
(Pg. 19)
La Rocca Pg. 13 (San Donato Church)
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La Rocca Pg. 18 (Asphalt Mines)
La Rocca Pg. 19 (Asphalt Mines)
La Rocca Pg. 20 (Churches)
La Rocca Pg. 21 (Churches)
La Rocca Pg. 22 (people/places)
La Rocca Pg. 23 (people/places)
La Rocca Pg. 24 (people/places)
La Rocca Pg. 1 (history/photos)
La Rocca Pg. 2 (Santo Spirito)
La Rocca Pg. 3 (San Bartolomeo)
La Rocca Pg. 4 (photos)
La Rocca Pg. 5 (photos)
La Rocca Pg. 6 (photos)
La Rocca Pg. 7 (festa)
La Rocca Pg. 8 (the old ways)
La Rocca Pg. 9 (the old ways)
La Rocca Pg. 10 ("Lu Sand'Andune")
La Rocca Pg. 11 (La Rocca's Sand'Andune)
La Rocca Pg. 12 (Don Donato Bianco)
ASPHALT MINES
MINIERE D'ASFALTO
Lu Pulone- cont'd.
    The mine at Lu Pulone was also called "settantacinque" because it was 75 metres below the ground level in the area . Another mining area was called "CentCinque", being 105 metres  below ground level .
Old wagons (le carretele) still inside the mine which were used to carry the rocks.
Partial skeleton of an animal that died inside the mine long ago.  It looked like a fox (volpe).
Large chain still lying on the floor inside the mine.
"Viva Il Duce" carved in a tree beside the entrance to Lu Pulone.
An old entrance to the abandoned mine tunnel. From here the track went down to Scafa.
Remains of an old wall or bridge in the bottom of the ravine below the mine entrance. Not sure if it was a bridge or made to hold up the walls so there wouldn't be a cave-in.
Remains of the old foot bridge (la Passarella) from Roccamorice to Abbateggio. There was also a long foot bridge that went from Lu Pulone to Lettomanoppello. This was the old way to go to LuLett when the ravines were full of water and no modern roads  had yet been built.
Large piles of the "cooked" rocks  dot the landscape above Roccamorice. In the 1940s this rock was gathered by men and women (young and old alike). Then it was cooked in large ovens in order to extract the "benzina" - petroleum.
During WWII the army installed at Acquafredda special ovens designed to heat the rocks in order to distill "benzina"- petroleum . At that time they used the military and Prisoners of war as well as local people to work there . The vast construction  was dismantled at the end of the war .
Ruins below "Codacchio" where rocks were dug and heated to extract petroleum products during the 1940s. The name of this area is "Pundone de Futigne". This area is located directly across from a small picnic area on the Lettomanoppello side of the ravine where a path which leads down to the Grotto of San Angelo .
Waste rocks which were left over after the mining process and then dumped into the ravine.
Mine openings which are still visible, just above the mine tailings which are seen in the left picture .
  In the late 1950s most mining activities ceased leaving a few areas open until the mid 1960's.  Many familes emigrated to Canada and the US at about the same time in order to find work. 
    Today, the mines remain only a memory - for some pleasant, for others painful.
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