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Catalog number 1997.2.1594
Object Name Clipping, Newspaper
Date 1936
Description TITLE: Quicksilver Mine area presents many lures SUBTITLE: One Day Motorlogue for Sunday Driver: Infrequently Used Roads Scouted AUTHOR: Frank Lyman PUBLISHER: Automobile Editor, The Examiner, March 29, 1936
Gold gave California her Statehood. But it was California's quicksilver that freed the entire western world from dependence on Spain for this indispensable article used in the working of all gold and silver mines.
Thousands of motorists annually tout, the Mother Lode country, drinking in the romance of the gold rush days, tarrying in the "ghost towns" and endeavoring to picture to themselves the scenes of historic days when the now vacant and tumbling buildings, were peopled by hardy pioneers.
Yet comparatively few of these automobilists realize that only a short distance from San Francisco are two of the world's most famous quicksilver mines. Both ? The New Almaden and the Guadalupe - are near San Jose. Ruins of their buildings can be seen from the highway; and why there may not seem to be much activity around either, nevertheless each is leased and is being worked on a small scale today.
Bound on an exploration trip to New Almaden and Guadalupe, located within a few miles of each other, The Examiner's Motorlogue party in a new Graham Supercharger sedan; furnished by Herbert D. Bell, San Francisco distributor, proceeded down El Camino Real, through San Jose to just below Coyote, thence onto the Uvas and Mckean roads to Almaden road and the mines.
Leaving New Almaden for Guadalupe, the motorists followed Almaden road to Redmond avenue, thence to Coleman avenue and finally to Shannon road.
If you wish to enter the Guadalupe mine property, you must drive three or four miles over dirt road, but for those less venturesome ?the ruins of the old buildings are visible across the creek from the paved highway. Leaving Guadalupe for San Francisco, The Examiner Motorloguers followed Shannon road to Los Gatos, thence through Saratoga and Cupertino to Fremont road, turned left onto Fremont and continued to Junipero Serra road, which leads onto the Stanford campus. The main Stanford thoroughfare crosses El Camino Real at Palo Alto.
Leaving San Francisco early in the morning, the driver who wants a good Sunday outing will find the one outlined above an interesting and restful one. He can get off the main traveled arteries and avoid heavy traffic; he will find plenty of scenery, mostly paved or oil and gravel highways, and numerous spots where he may stop beneath spreading trees or at the side of a turbulent creek for lunch. The trip may be made easily in a day.
But to return to the mines:
New Almaden originally was worked for silver, first in 1824
(Continued on Page 4, Col. 1) [remainder of article is missing].

Photo Caption: A Spreading Oak, a rustic fence and little traffic intrigue motorists to return to Santa Clara County's Roads away from the Main highways.
Photo A Caption: Staff Artist Mork's map showing back roads between Santa Clara Quicksilver Mines and San Francisco.
Photo B Caption: Graham Supercharger Sedan and ruins of Quicksilver Kiln on Shannon Road near Guadalupe Mine.
Pub Place Guadalupe Mine
Cataloged by Boudreault, Art