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D Retort and Condensing System

 
 
D Retort and Condensing System Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, November 17, 2011
1. D Retort and Condensing System Marker
Inscription. The D retort, line the rotary furnace, was used to recover mercury from cinnabar ore. Whereas the rotary furnace was a continuously-operating system, the D retort was loaded with ore, fired for a period of time (usually 8 to 24 hours), then allowed to cool before emptying the burnt ore (calcines) and recharging with more ore. Burning fuel in a fire box under the retort heated [the] ore to dissociation temperature (1095 degrees F). Vapors driven from the ore by heat, including mercury, sulphur [sic], and water vapor, were condensed in external air-cooled or water-cooled metal pipes attached to the top of the retort.

The retort was most often used to process relatively small amounts of ore and to perform a second processing of calcines and dust from the rotary furnace.

This retort and condenser were used in the Guadalupe mine from 194-s until the mine closed in the 1970s. The Guadalupe Rubbish Company donated the D retort to NAQCPA in 1987.
 
Erected 2011 by the California State Society, Daughters of the American Revolution and New Almaden Quicksilver County Park Association.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Daughters of the American Revolution marker series.
 
Location. 37° 10.402′ 
D Retort and Condensing System Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, November 17, 2011
2. D Retort and Condensing System Marker
N, 121° 49.576′ 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 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. Shaker-Concentrator (here, next to this marker); Gould Rotary Furnace and Condensing System (here, next to this marker); Mercury Storage Vault (here, next to this marker); Hoeing Table and Cleaning Tank (here, next to this marker); Skip Loader (a few steps from this marker); Cornish Pump (a few steps from this marker); Mine Air Compressors (a few steps from this marker); Hacienda Mining Display (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Jose.
 
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The D Retort image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, November 17, 2011
3. The D Retort
The Condensing System image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, November 17, 2011
4. The Condensing System
Hacienda Mining Display image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, November 17, 2011
5. 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 459 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 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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