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Catalog number 1997.2.1629
Object Name Clipping, Newspaper
Date 1940
Description TITLE: County's- New Almaden Mine In 1875 SUBTITLE: Will This Scene Be Resurrected Soon? (1940)
Word that a $500,000 Philadelphia syndicate plans to reopen Santa Clara County's 114-year-old New Almaden quicksilver mines, brings forth this unique photograph of the mine 65 years ago when it was at the height of its production. You are standing on English Camp ridge, where the CCC camp was located until last September, looking across Deep Gulch to Spanish Town on the distant ridge. Last of the buildings you see disappeared in 1933. Those huge dumps in the center are from the earliest operations of the mine going back to 1846. That long roofed flat across the top of the dumps is the Big Planilla where many a father and grandfather of residents of this valley sorted ore as boys. In the lower center is the Cora Blanca mine. Mine Hill, where it is believed the new syndicate will commence big-scale operations May 1, rises beyond the right side of this picture. The rare photograph, from the collection of G. H. McMurray, Mercury Herald staff member, was taken by the late S. P. Saunders of Cupertino.

Cataloged by Boudreault, Art