Paicines in San Benito County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
New Idria Mine
Historical Landmark No. 324
Department of Public Works - Division of Highways
Erected by California Department of Public Works - Division of Highways. (Marker Number 324.)
Location. 36° 43.749′ N, 121° 16.743′ W. Marker is in Paicines, California, in San Benito County. Marker is at the intersection of State Highway 25 and Panoche Road on State Highway 25. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Paicines CA 95043, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Tres Pinos/Paicines (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Limekiln Monorail (approx. 2.9 miles away); Palmtag Cutting Shed (approx. 3.4 miles away); Cottage Corners (approx. 3.4 miles away); 19th Hole Rendevous (approx. 4.7 miles away); Site of the Tres Pinos Hotel Vineyard School (approx. 6.9 miles away); State Theatre (approx. 10.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Paicines.
Regarding New Idria Mine. The settlement of New Idria is now a ghost town.
Also see . . . Idria (from the October 2005 Three Rocks Report). "The discovery of rich cinnabar deposits in the southern Diablo Mountains in 1853 lead to the development of the worlds fourth largest quicksilver mine. The claim was filed for 'New Idria' by Henry F. Pitts, Rafael Ripa, José Dolores Molina, and William Norrlin on March 20, 1854 and the town of New Idria quickly sprung up on the northeastern slope of San Carlos Peak. The town's name honors the world's second largest quicksilver mine, the Idrija Mine located in what is now Slovenia. Other mines, such as the Aurora, Alpine, Clear Creek, Picacho and Fourth of July mines soon opened and the area became quickly became a bustling community as miners, ranchers and farmers began moving in the area.
California quicksilver mining became very profitable during the 1850s because mercury was needed for extracting gold from the ore during the California gold rush and the discovery of the New Almaden and New Idria mines freed American's
See www.new-idria.org for an extensive description of New Idria, its history, and the surrounding area. (Submitted on January 30, 2010.)
1. Idra Mine
I used to live in Idra as a child around 1966. It was the first home I remember. My father was a miner there and still owns a company yearbook. I also went to school there. The school was run by nuns first, and then by regular teachers. I believe my teacher's name was Mr. Briggs. Idra was just another small town then but still my home. I have fond memories of Christmas, school plays
in which played a tree. Lots of families, and oh yeah, who could forget the tarantulas!
— Submitted January 17, 2012, by Richard G Hardesty of Lufkin, Texas.
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