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

El Senator Mine

(El Senador Mine)

 
 
El Senator Mine Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lester J Letson, circa Sept 2007
1. El Senator Mine Marker
Inscription. This mine was opened in 1863 and worked intermittently until March 1926. In 1915 a reduction plant, which included the first Herreschoff furnace and electric dust collector ever used in the recovery of quicksilver, was erected. The mine was worked to the 1,300 foot level and produced 20,000 flasks of quicksilver.
 
Erected 1977 by Mountain Charlie Chapter No.1850, E Clampus Vitus.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 37° 12.657′ N, 121° 53.396′ W. Marker is in San Jose, California, in Santa Clara County. Marker can be reached from McAbee Road 0.4 miles east of Quicksilver Park Trailhead to Senator Mine trail. Touch for map. Turn south off of Camden Road onto McAbee Road, take McAbee Road until it dead ends at the Quicksilver Park trail-head. From the McAbee Road entrance, take the Senator Mine Trail (walking trail) into Quicksilver Park for a little less than half a mile to get to the concrete towers and plaque. There are trail markers that will point you to the correct trail. 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 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. El Senador Mine (within shouting
El Senator Mine Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, March 29, 2011
2. El Senator Mine Marker
distance of this marker); Almadén Vineyards (approx. 2 miles away); Goodrich Quarry (approx. 2.3 miles away); De Anza Expedition 1775 - 1776 (approx. 2.3 miles away); Wood Road & Jacques Ridge (approx. 2.9 miles away); Santa Isabel Shaft (approx. 3 miles away); The Buena Vista (approx. 3 miles away); Mining Operations (approx. 3.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Jose.
 
More about this marker. There are 2 concrete towers still standing that were once dust bins from the furnace used in the processing the cinnabar into mercury. They are all that is left of a reduction plant that ran from 1863 to 1926. There are a few plants growing near the towers, but most are dead, the high level of mercury in the ground around the towers is still very toxic.
 
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El Senator Mine Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lester J Letson, circa Sept. 2007
3. El Senator Mine Marker
Close up of the wording on the brass plaque
El Senator Mine Furnace Towers image. Click for full size.
By Lester J Letson
4. El Senator Mine Furnace Towers
The towers that remain from the Herschoff furnace and dust collector that processed the cinnabar mined from the El Senator Mine.
El Senator Mine Dedication Article From 1977 image. Click for full size.
By Lester J Letson
5. El Senator Mine Dedication Article From 1977
Jim Arbuckle holds the brass plaque in this 1977 news article about the dedication.
El Senator Mine Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lester J Letson, circa Sept 2007
6. El Senator Mine Marker
Pictures of the mine taken by John Gordon in its final days in 1926 from a newspaper article about the dedication in 1977.
El Senator Mine Dedicated image. Click for full size.
By Lester J Letson, circa Sept 2007
7. El Senator Mine Dedicated
Joel Roberts, who dedicated the El Senator Mine in 1977 returns 30 years later in 2007 and brings along the San Jose Newspaper from the 1977 dedication with him.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 8, 2010, by Lester J Letson of Fresno, California. This page has been viewed 813 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on August 8, 2010, by Lester J Letson of Fresno, California.   2. submitted on March 29, 2011, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.   3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on August 8, 2010, by Lester J Letson of Fresno, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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