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Catalog number 1997.2.1609
Object Name Clipping, Newspaper
Description TITLE: Loop trip to California's earliest mining country
Just south of San Jose, at the eastern base of the Santa Cruz Mountains, lies some of the oldest mining country in California. The center of the area is the village of New Almaden (named for Almaden in south-central Spain). You can get there on the Almaden Road that runs south out of San Jose. To make this a loop trip, return via the old Hicks Road and Los Gatos highway.
In the foothill country near New Almaden are pockets of rich, dark-red earth that the Indians call moketka. White into identified it as cinnabar. In 1824, nearly a quarter of a century before the gold strike at Sutter's Mill, Don Antonio Sunol worked the moketka briefly, in the mistaken belief that it contained silver. He abandoned his efforts, and New Almaden drowsed until 1845 when Andres Castillero discovered that the red earth contained quicksilver.
There were three mines in the Almaden area. The richest and most extensive was at Almaden itself - more than 100 miles of tunnels honeycomb the red hills. The [remainder of the article is missing[.
Photo 1 Caption: Ruins of Guadalupe Mine west of New Almaden, in Santa Cruz Mountain foothills
Photo 2 Caption: Old Casa Grande mansion, now a resort-hotel, has swimming pool on the grounds.
People Sunol, Don Antonio
Sunol, Antonio
Castillero, Andres
Pub Place New Almaden Mine