San Jose in Santa Clara County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
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Significant Addition to New Almaden’s Rich Mining Operation
Toxic gases and underground water posed perils and problems for miners in search of valuable cinnabar ore. Under Sherman Day’s suggestion, the “New Tunnel” was dug at the 800 foot level to help ventilate and drain the vast catacombs of underground tunnels and shafts. Later re-named the “Day Tunnel”, this new passage into some of the mountain’s hardest rock proved to be quite profitable. For much of the 1870s, miners hauled nearly all of the company’s cinnabar out through this one opening.
It was also Sherman Day who suggested building a new road (now known as the Randol Trail) for easier access to the mine and tunnel. Although the Day Tunnel entrance and planilla are not visible today, evidence of the tons of rock that passed through them can be seen along and below the trail.
Erected by New Almaden Quicksilver County Park Association.
Location. 37° 10.965′ N, 121° 50.278′ W. Marker is in San Jose, California, in Santa Clara County. Touch for map. The marker is located in Almaden Quicksilver County Park on the Randol Trail near the intersection of the Day Tunnel
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Camp Mt. Madonna (approx. ¼ mile away); Site of English Town ★ CCC Camp Mt. Madonna (approx. ¼ mile away); English Camp School (approx. 0.3 miles away); English Camp (approx. 0.3 miles away); Mining Operations (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Yellow Kid (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Buena Vista (approx. 0.4 miles away); The “Main Tunnel” (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Jose.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 18, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 490 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 18, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.