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

Skip Loader

 
 
Skip Loader Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, February 15, 2012
1. Skip Loader Marker
[Illustration captions; top left, bottom left, right:]

The hoist pulls the loaded skip loader up the track.

The front wheels follow the inside track, and wider rear wheels follow the outside track.

The hoist continues to pull the skip loader into the dump position.
Inscription. The skip loader was used to carry cinnabar ore to the surface from deep in the mines. A motor-driven hoist pulled the skip loader up tracks until it reached the surface, where two sets of tracks, one inside pair and one outside pair, were reached. The skip loader had narrow wheels in the front, which rode on the inside pair of tracks, and wider wheels in the rear, which rode on the outside pair of tracks. As the hoist continued to pull the skip loader upward, the rear wheels became higher than the front wheels and the ore was dumped into an ore bin or transport vehicle. After dumping, the hoist operator then allowed the loader to return back down the track for another load of ore.
 
Erected by New Almaden Quicksilver County Park Association/The California State Society Daughters of the American Revolution.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Daughters of the American Revolution marker series.
 
Location. 37° 10.398′ N, 121° 49.579′ W. Marker is in San Jose, California, in Santa Clara County. Marker can be reached from Almaden Road, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. The Hacienda Mining Display is a short walk on the Deep Gulch Trail from the Almaden Quicksilver County
Skip Loader Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, February 15, 2012
2. Skip Loader Marker
The marker is in front of this display.
Park parking lot. 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. Gould Rotary Furnace and Condensing System (here, next to this marker); Mine Air Compressors (here, next to this marker); D Retort and Condensing System (a few steps from this marker); Mine Ventilation Fans (a few steps from this marker); Shaker-Concentrator (a few steps from this marker); Mancha “Little Trammer” Battery Locomotive (a few steps from this marker); Mercury Storage Vault (a few steps from this marker); Hoeing Table and Cleaning Tank (a few steps from this marker). Click for a list of all markers in San Jose.
 
More about this marker. The Hacienda Mining Display is still under development.
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 410 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. 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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