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

New Almaden

(The New Mine)

 

—After Almaden Mine in Spain —

 
New Almaden Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, May 13, 2006
1. New Almaden Marker
Inscription. The first workable quicksilver mine in North America – First mine of any kind in California – First worked 1824 – Denounced November 1845. Has produced more metallic wealth than any individual gold mine in California. Its discovery freed all American gold and silver mines from Spanish domination for until 1887, quicksilver was a pre-requisite in the reduction of precious metals. Favorable adjucation of its title in 1865 protected all Western mining titles and saved California and Nevada for the Union.
 
Erected 1954 by New Almaden Historical Society. September 5, 1954.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the National Historic Landmarks marker series.
 
Location. 37° 10.699′ N, 121° 49.05′ W. Marker is in San Jose, California, in Santa Clara County. Marker is on Bertram Way, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is located at the town park next to the flag pole. 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. Hacienda Cemetery (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); New Almaden Quicksilver Mine (about 600 feet away); The Randol Family Home
New Almaden Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, May 13, 2006
2. New Almaden Marker
Marker is on the right. National Historical Landmark plaque is on the left.
(approx. 0.2 miles away); John Young House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Huttner House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Robert Scott House (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Hauck House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Bulmore House (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Jose.
 
Regarding New Almaden. Noted on marker: The drilling block is from mine barbeque grounds.

Also see: Other nearby markers regarding New Almaden for additional information.
 
Also see . . .
1. Almaden Quicksilver County Park. (Submitted on October 24, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
2. New Almaden. (Submitted on October 24, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
3. History of New Almaden. (Submitted on October 24, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
 
Additional comments.
1. This Site Has Been Designated as a National Historic Landmark:
Statement of Significance (as of designation - July 4, 1961):
Santa Clara Indians had used cinnabar from this site long before 1824, when information
National Historical Landmark Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, May 13, 2006
3. National Historical Landmark Plaque
New Almaden
has been designated a
REGISTERED NATIONAL HISTORIC LANDMARK
Under the provisions of the Historic Sites Act of August 21, 1935. This site possesses exceptional value in commemorating and illustrating the history of the United States.
U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service
1963
provided by them led Mexican settlers to the first quicksilver deposits identified in North America. Europeans used the mercury in the ore to facilitate the mining of gold and silver. The site was named after the world's greatest quicksilver mine, Almaden, in Spain. Mercury from New Almaden's mines was essential to the mining process during the gold rush.
    — Submitted October 24, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.

2. This Site Has Been Designated as California Registered Historical Landmark No.339:
The Indians used pigment from this cinnabar hill for paint. Mercury was mined as early as 1845. The gold discovery made mercury indispensable, and the mine, the most productive in America, became world famous. It sold for $1,700,700 in 1864.
Here, along Arroyo de los Alamitos Creek, Luís Cabolla and Antonio Suñol did the first mining in California as they worked New Almaden ore in their arrastra. In constant production since 1845, the mine has produced more than a million flasks of quicksilver valued at over $50 million.
    — Submitted October 24, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.

 
Additional keywords. Mining
Vintage Postcard - New Almaden image. Click for full size.
By Unknown
4. Vintage Postcard - New Almaden
General View of the Quicksilver Works at New Almaden
Santa Clara County, California
Source:USGenWeb

 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 24, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 1,464 times since then and 38 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 24, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.   4. submitted on December 8, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.
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