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San Jose in Santa Clara County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Hard Rock Miners

 
 
Hard Rock Miners Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, March 28, 2011
1. Hard Rock Miners Marker
Inscription. Drilling contests were the minersí own distinctive event. The contest pitted individuals or teams of two miners against one another. They centered on hand-drilling, an essential aspect of the hard-rock minersí work. Drilling contests tested the participantsí skill at this particular task; the men bored into a boulder, usually Colorado or Vermont granite. This piece of granite was used for one of these contests and came from the Delores Taranga Tunnel Site in the park. The competition required courage, skill, strength and endurance.
 
Erected 2007 by Historical Heritage Commission, Department of Parks and Recreation of Santa Clara Co., New Almaden Quicksilver County Park Assoc. and the New Almaden Community Club.
 
Location. 37° 10.451′ N, 121° 49.467′ W. Marker is in San Jose, California, in Santa Clara County. Marker is at the intersection of Almaden Road and Bertram Way, on the left when traveling west on Almaden Road. Click for map. Marker is located across from the entrance to the Hacienda Trailhead in Almaden Quicksilver County Park. Marker is in this post office area: San Jose CA 95120, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Patrick Tillman (here, next to this marker); Site of First Mining in California
Hard Rock Miners Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, March 29, 2011
2. Hard Rock Miners Marker
Mounted on the front of this granite block is the Patrick Tillman Memorial Plaque.
(here, next to this marker); Vichy Springs (within shouting distance of this marker); Hacienda Hotel (within shouting distance of this marker); New Almaden Quicksilver Mine (within shouting distance of this marker); New Almadenís Civil War Crisis (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Hacienda Mining Display (about 600 feet away); Cornish Pump (about 600 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in San Jose.
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 455 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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