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Hacienda Mining Display

 
 
Hacienda Mining Display Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, November 17, 2011
1. Hacienda Mining Display Marker
Inscription. Preserved here is equipment used in quicksilver mining. A few examples are from New Almaden, but most are from the Guadalupe Mine and were used in the last fifty years of mining, until the mines closed in the 1970s.

The equipment is organized in the order in which the mercury ore (mercuric sulfide, HgS, called cinnabar) was mined and processed. The ore from the mine is broken into small pieces, fed into a furnace to drive off mercury vapors. The vapors are contained and cooled back to liquid mercury. The mercury is cleaned and bottled in iron or steel flasks, each containing 76 pounds of the metal.

From left to right, the display starts with underground mining and ends with roasting and cleaning. The now closed Guadalupe Mine itself is located about seven miles north of the village of New Almaden, just north of the park. The Guadalupe Rubbish Company donated the equipment to the New Almaden Quicksilver County Park Association in 1987.

[Illustration caption:] Guadalupe Mine illustration by local artist Jim Campbell Partners New Almaden Quicksilver County Park Association The California State Society, Daughters of the American Revolution Santa Clara County Parks and Recreation
 
Erected 2011 by New Almaden Quicksilver County Park Association, California State
Hacienda Mining Display Marker, in front image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, November 17, 2011
2. Hacienda Mining Display Marker, in front
Society - Daughters of the American Revolution and Santa Clara County Parks and Recreation.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Daughters of the American Revolution marker series.
 
Location. 37° 10.408′ N, 121° 49.571′ W. Marker is in San Jose, California, in Santa Clara County. Marker can be reached from Almaden Road. Touch for map. The Hacienda Mining Display is located a short walk on the Deep Gulch Trail from the Almaden Quicksilver County Park parking lot. Marker is at or near this postal address: 21731 Almaden Road, San Jose CA 95120, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Cornish Pump (here, next to this marker); Hoeing Table and Cleaning Tank (here, next to this marker); Mercury Storage Vault (a few steps from this marker); Shaker-Concentrator (a few steps from this marker); D Retort and Condensing System (a few steps from this marker); Gould Rotary Furnace and Condensing System (a few steps from this marker); Skip Loader (a few steps from this marker); Mine Air Compressors (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Jose.
 
Also see . . .
1. Almaden Quicksilver County Park. (Submitted on November 26, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
Guadalupe Mine - Illistration Seen on Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer
3. Guadalupe Mine - Illistration Seen on Marker
by local artist Jim Campbell.

2. New Almaden History. (Submitted on November 26, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceNatural Resources
 
Hacienda Mining Display image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, November 17, 2011
4. Hacienda Mining Display
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 26, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 391 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 26, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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