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Talcum was mined by hand in the area around the town of Purchena and was a minor means of business for The G.S.S.R.
One of the villages was Somontín. The talcum was carried 10km down to a factory next to Purchena Station on the backs of mules. The muleteers then had to return to the mines, up an incline of 450m for the next load. The powdered talcum was then loaded onto trains for transport to Águilas.