San Jose in Santa Clara County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Transportation of ore to the furnaces was slow and expensive by horse and wagon, and production and demand had increased greatly.
This gravity-aided tram was used to move thousands of tons of cinnabar ore across this steep terrain from shafts and sorting sheds to the furnaces.
Loaded ore cars travelling (sic) down hill helped pull empty cars back up to the top with cables. The rail line with three steep inclines had almost three miles of track and was used for some 40 years
Erected 2013 by Santa Clara County Parks.
Location. 37° 10.475′ N, 121° 49.673′ W. Marker is in San Jose, California, in Santa Clara County. Marker can be reached from Almaden Road. Touch for map. This marker is Almaden Quicksilver Park on the Mine Hill Trail near the Hacienda Entrance. Marker is at or near this postal address: 21785 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. Hacienda Mining Display (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Cornish Pump (about 600 feet away); Hoeing Table and Cleaning Tank Mercury Storage Vault (about 600 feet away); Shaker-Concentrator (about 600 feet away); D Retort and Condensing System (about 600 feet away); Gould Rotary Furnace and Condensing System (about 600 feet away); Skip Loader (about 700 feet 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 May 2, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 327 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on May 2, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.