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Catalog number 1997.2.1587
Object Name Clipping, Newspaper
Description [Beginning of article is not available. Date and source of article id not known] . cinnabar, was discovered.
Fremont visited the mine in 1846 and estimated then that it was worth $30,000. It has produced, however, more than that, many millions of dollars worth of quicksilver.
The New Almaden and Guadalupe mine ruins may be visited in a day of leisurely travel by the motorist.
To reach them, one goes by way of the Peninsula Highway to San Jose, continues through the city proper and, shortly out of the city, turns right at a sign which directs one to New Almaden.
The name of the mine was bestowed after the famous one in Spain.
It is at the end of the road, just after passing through what is left of the town of New Almaden. Remaining are the hacienda and the stables and the diggings which now being worked for overlooked quicksilver, just as the ore dumps of careless miners of early days are being profitably worked now by the use of more efficient reclamation machinery.
An Examiner motorlogue car visited both of these historic mines last weekend. It was an Essex Super Six sedan lent by the Stanley W. Smith Company for scouting purposes. It found that the mine area is reached in less than three hours from San Francisco, that some of the road is dirt, but in good condition, and that there are fine picnic spots along the way.
The return trip was made from the Guadalupe mine to Los Gatos then from there back to San Francisco.
There are 80 miles of tunnels under the Almaden mine and it is estimated that the diggings produced more than 1,000.000 flasks of quicksilver, the price of which ran from $40 up to $140 per flask.
A flask is a metal container about fourteen inches long and about four inches in diameter. When filled it weighs 76 pounds. The quicksilver is so heavy that a soda pop bottle full of it weighs 13 pounds.
The Almaden mine was the first quicksilver property to be operated in this country, and the Guadalupe is very nearly as old in operating Age.
Traveling to these old mining districts one is passing through charming valleys with an occasionally fruit tree proud of its premature flare of blossoms; the hills green and lovely and spring streams purling over stones.
It is a fine one?day tour.
Pub Place New Almaden
Cataloged by Boudreault, Art