Shafter is a town and a ghost town from what once was a significant mine. More than 92% of the silver and 73% of the gold produced in Texas came from this mine. (32.6 M ounces of silver and 8,400 ounces of gold) Not much there now. Some freighter found rock that looked promising and showed it to Colonel Shafter at Fort Davis. Shafter had the rock assayed and pretty soon a small group of officers bought the land involved. They got a company with capital to develop it into a mining operation. There turned out to be about 15 mines altogether in this region with more than a hundred miles of tunnels. Life was difficult for miners doing the pick and shovel routine underground for about ten hours a day. Air quality was poor and took out a lot of miners as well as explosions and people stepping into open shafts in the candle lit tunnels. Over time the company changed from a mercury process to a cyanide process which I'm sure proved to be healthful as well. I think up to 300 workers were here and the town included a club house, hospital, and boarding house. I think adobe needs to be plastered over or protected by wide awnings to keep it from deteriorating as a result of rain. Even a little water produces some green. The silver never ran out, but prices put the mine out of business back in the 1940s. Since we have improved and more efficient mining and smelting systems, this mine can be profitable again. The mine is back in business again. I wouldn't be surprised to see them process what was once waste rock as well. They intend to take advantage of some of the previous work since using exisiting shafts (in part) is better than breaking new rock. Someone thought about bringing the mine back into operation in the 1980s but the Hunt brothers stunt of trying to corner the silver market screwed that up. It will be interesting to see how it all turns out.