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Catalog number 1997.2.1585
Object Name Clipping, Newspaper
Date 1927
Description TITLE: KING QUICKSILVER AN EXAMINER MOTORLOGUE AUTHOR: By JOHN, E. TIEDEMAN PUBLISHER: San Francisco Examiner Automotive Section Sunday February 27, 1927.
Few residents of the State know or realize that California produces approximately 95 percent of all the mercury consumed in the United States. And yet such is the fact. Nor do many realize that the oldest quicksilver mine in the United States also is to be found in this state. And yet that, too, is a fact. That mine is the New Almaden now, temporarily it is hoped, closed. It is in the Santa Clara hills a few miles south of San Jose, located in one of the most attractive spots in Santa Clara county. The old mine was first discovered in 1824 and has been continuously worked with the exception of a few brief periods, until shortly after the World War. One shaft, the Senator, was closed last year owing to the death of the chief owner in the East. It is to be reopened, however, according to available information. Just across the ridge is the Guadalupe mine which also is to be reopened soon. The mines near New Almaden were recently the object of a motorlogue journey in a Hupmobile Eight Sedan loaned by the Greer-Robbins Company for the purpose.
Photos by J. E. Tiedman, Art Work by Virgil Nahl.
Old Quicksilver Mines Form Attractive Motor Journey in Bay District
By JOHN, E. TIEDEMAN
AFTER almost a century as a producer of quicksilver the New Almaden mine, south of San Jose, in Santa Clara county, has at last ceased to be operated. The last shaft, the Senator, has been shut down for almost a year and probably will only be reopened when the property is sold to a new company.
The New Almaden mine was discovered in 1824, but it was first considered a silver prospect and as such was operated by the original owners, Antonio Sunol and Luis Chaboya. Its first name was Chaboya, after one of the first discoverers.
INDIANS REVEALED MINE'S EXISTENCE.
According to the tale that is told Chaboya was informed of the existence of the mine by the Indians who use the cinnabar as coloring matter for personal decoration. Chaboya was given a concession as a silver mine and as such it was worked with but indifferent success until 1845.
In that year some of the ore came to the attention of Andreas Castillero, a Mexican army officer, who "denounced" .(located) the mine as a quicksilver prospect and was given a patent. Later the property was renamed Las Minas de Neuva Almaden.
This name is derived from the famous Almaden quicksilver mines in Spain, which have been large producers for many years and, are owned by the Spanish government, but worked under contract by convicts.
The New Almaden mines and the neighboring Guadalupe mine were recently visited by an "Examiner" motorlogue party in a Hupmobile eight sedan loaned by the Greer?Robbins Company for the purpose. The journey to the mines was made via Santa Clara and San Jose and the return by way of Los Gatos and Saratoga.
ORIGINAL DISCOVERY SHAFT CLOSED.
'The original discovery shaft on the New Almaden mine property has been abandoned for quite a few years. In its day it was one of the richest quicksilver properties in the world and, according to records, produced in excess of 1,000,000 flasks of quicksilver with a money value of approximately $50,000,000.
The New Almaden property consisted originally of about 8,000 acres of land. On this many shafts were sunk, but only the New Almaden shaft and the later opened Senator were ever worked continuously. When the workings at the New Almaden were abandoned all the activities of the then operating company were transferred to the Senator Mine about four miles north from the New Almaden.
The Senator Mine was continued in active operation until last year when it, too, was closed down. The buildings are still [remainder of article is missing].
Photo C Caption: Partly Wrecked Furnace at Guadalupe Mine
Photo D Caption: Furnace at Senator Mine
Photo E Caption: Old Hacienda at New Almaden Mine
Photo F Caption: Catholic Chapel at Guadalupe Mine
Photo H Caption: Store Building at Guadalupe Mine
Photo I Caption: Manager's Residence [Guadalupe Mine]
Pub Place New Almaden
Cataloged by Boudreault, Art