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Catalog number 1997.2.1628
Object Name Clipping, Newspaper
Description TITLE: Quicksilver History AUTHOR: The Knave:
"While reading The Knave I came upon two names familiar to me because of my interest in the history of the quicksilver mines of New Almaden, California. Arthur de Wint Foote, who built the Foote Road, so well described by Peggy Trego (I have a splendid photograph of a part of the road showing the dry masonry she mentions) was a surveyor at the New Almaden mines in the middle 1870s. While residing at those mines, his wife Mary Hallock Foote wrote an interesting and informative article about them. A California Mining Camp, which was published in the February 1878 issue of Scribner's Monthly hit. The second name, William G. Chard, appear in the article "Powers of Alcalde." The first quicksilver produced in New Almaden, after Capt. Andres Castillero's discovery, was by William G. Chard of Columbia County, New York, in 1846. Chard first used old cannons, filling them with ore, building a fire under them with muzzles placed in a trough of water. Next Chard brought whale oil try-pots which he inverted over piles of ore, building a fire over and around them. For some time four of these pots produced from 150 to 200 pounds of quicksilver daily. To William G. Chard belongs the credit of being the first man to produce quicksilver on a commercial basis. in California." -Laurence E. Bulmore president New Almaden Historical Society. The Knave
Cataloged by Boudreault, Art