It was 1824 when gold was first found on Aruba. The gold mill of Bushiribana is built in 1874. And 25 years later they built the Balashi gold mill. This ruins are located on a hill at the Frenchmen’s pass.
There were probably steam engines, grind mills, water tanks and fern aces, just like the one in Bushiribana. The Gold mill was built of limestone. They chose Balashi, because of the better connection with the sea. The connections were provided by a system of 3 railway lines. The gold was mainly supplied from the area around Mira Lamar.
A lot of the ruins are still almost intact. When you go up the stairs you will have a great view over the pass.