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Title
Mine buildings
Creator
Johnson, Charles Ellis (photographer)
Date Created and/or Issued
1923
Contributing Institution
San José State University, Special Collections and Archives
Collection
John C. Gordon Photographic Collection
Rights Information
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Description
Mine buildings situated in the hills of New Almaden.
Written on recto: "Charles Ellis Johnson, Tucker Studio, San Jose, Cal., 1923". The New Almaden Quicksilver Mine in Santa Clara County, California is the oldest and most productive quicksilver (i.e., mercury) mine in the United States. The site was known to the Ohlone Indians for its cinnabar long before a Mexican settler discovered the ores in 1820. By the time they were identified as mercury, the mine was perfectly timed to supply the California Gold Rush. The mine ran intermittently after 1927 and eventually closed. It was purchased by the county and is now part of Almaden Quicksilver County Park. The town of New Almaden is located south of San Jose, off the Almaden Expressway. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Almaden
Type
image
Format
image/jpeg
8 x 10 in.
Extent
8 x 10 in.
Identifier
http://digitalcollections.sjlibrary.org/cdm/ref/collection/gordon/id/1481
Language
English
Subject
Mercury mining
Mine buildings
Cinnabar
Place
New Almaden
California
Source
John C. Gordon Photograph Collection
Relation
Series I, Box 7, Folder: New Almaden Mines

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