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

English Camp

 
 
English Camp Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, January 9, 2012
1. English Camp Marker
[Photo caption:]
You are standing amidst the remains of English Camp – a mining community that at one time was home to as many as 1,000 men, women and children. English Camp was formed in the early 1860s by a group of hearty hard-rock miners who had immigrated from Cornwall, England. It was a rough life in rugged terrain for these “Cousin Jacks”, yet mining families were bound by a strong sense of community.
Inscription.
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Once a Bustling
Community
Within view stood English Camís Methodist Church, Company Store, Mine Office, School House, Centennial Hall, Helping Hand Hall and a multitude of family cabins. As quicksilver production declined at New Almaden in the early 1900s, the majority of miners left this area and vacant buildings fell into disrepair. Many were later pulled down by the Army Corp of Engineers or used as training ground for the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s.

The few remaining traces of life in English Camp serve only as a reminder of a past era that contributed greatly to California history and the development of Santa Clara Valley.
 
Erected by New Almaden Quicksilver County Park Association.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Civilian Conservation Corps marker series.
 
Location. 37° 10.719′ N, 121° 50.385′ W. Marker is in San Jose, California, in Santa Clara County. Click for map. The marker is located in Almaden Quicksilver County Park at English Camp on the English Camp Trail near the intersection of the Castillero Trail. Marker is in this post office area: San Jose CA 95120, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least
English Camp Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, January 9, 2012
2. English Camp Marker
One of the few remaining signs of this community is seen in the background.
8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Site of English Town ★ CCC Camp Mt. Madonna (within shouting distance of this marker); Camp Mt. Madonna (within shouting distance of this marker); English Camp School (within shouting distance of this marker); The Yellow Kid (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); The “Main Tunnel” (approx. 0.2 miles away); Day Tunnel (approx. 0.3 miles away); Mining Operations (approx. 0.3 miles away); Mine Hill (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in San Jose.
 
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Detail from the English Camp Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, January 9, 2012
3. Detail from the English Camp Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 368 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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