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

Helping Hand Hall

 
 
Helping Hand Hall Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, February 17, 2018
1. Helping Hand Hall Marker
Inscription.  Built in 1886 by Giles McDougal as social meeting place for miners & families. Included game room, kitchen, library & dance hall with stage patterned after San Francisco's Tivoli Theater. Upstairs rooms use for Hacienda visitors; in summer, arts & crafts classes for children. In 1940, disassembled & built into home for F. Pfeiffer. In 2013, Murphy family built new home on site using reclaimed materials from original hall.
 
Erected by New Almaden Historical Society. (Marker Number 8.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EducationEntertainmentParks & Recreational Areas.
 
Location. 37° 10.425′ N, 121° 49.429′ W. Marker is in San Jose (New Almaden), California, in Santa Clara County. Marker is on Bertram Road near Almaden Way, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 31342 Bertram Road, San Jose CA 95120, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Hacienda Hotel (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Hacienda Hotel (within shouting
Helping Hand Hall Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, February 17, 2018
2. Helping Hand Hall Marker
distance of this marker); Saint Anthony Catholic Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Vichy Springs (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of Reduction Works (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of First Mining Operation in California (within shouting distance of this marker); Patrick Tillman (within shouting distance of this marker); Hard Rock Miners (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Jose (New Almaden).
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 14, 2018. It was originally submitted on March 14, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 81 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 14, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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