Take a outing behind in time during Almaden Quicksilver County Park
September 25, 2014 - Picnic Time
For an debate that’s steeped in history, revisit a Almaden Quicksilver County Park in San Jose, a site of what once was North America’s largest mercury mine. In Gold Rush days, a mercury was used to remove bullion from a mine’s ore. So profitable was a cave that during a Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln attempted to seize possession of it. The cheer was enormous, and Lincoln, with his hands full fighting a Confederates, corroborated down and withdrew his troops.
In a 1870s, when it was schooled that mercury is a outrageous environmental hazard, mining operations ceased. However, in a heyday, a site contained English and Spanish settlements, a store and even a school. The abounding village had a race of 1,800. Today, we can see stays of a mining operations via a park.
There are 3 categorical park entrances, though for this outing, park during Hacienda, that will give we a possibility to revisit a giveaway Mining Museum during Casa Grande in New Almaden and also yield opening to a Historic Trail, that takes we past many of a poignant mining remains. (The Historic Trail is not a singular trail, though a tangible track along a array of opposite trails. It was designed by Boy Scout Troop 466 of Sunnyvale.)
It can be hot, so move a shawl and water. Maps are accessible during a trailhead and during a museum, though we can also download a track map during http://bit.ly/1usmI3b. You can download a leaflet and a map of a ancestral mining track during http://bit.ly/1pd9xgj.
For some-more information, call a park bureau during (408) 268-3883, a museum during (408) 323-1107 or go to http://bit.ly/1g8BaH6.
The museum: The New Almaden Quicksilver Mining Museum (21350 Almaden Road) is housed in a Casa Grande (the large house), built by Capt. Henry Halleck, manager of a mines. This 27-room Classical Revival palace was a chateau and bureau for a array of cave superintendents. Designed by designer Francis Meyers, a 6-acre drift were landscaped by horticulturalist John McLaren, superintendent of Golden Gate Park for 53 years.
Helpful docents lead we by exhibits about mercury mining, a life of mining communities and a changing record of glass mercury mining. You can also perspective a parlor, library and a sketch room of this mansion, that was a renouned nation weekend shelter for cave investors.
The museum is open noon-4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Friday and from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekends. It is hermetic on Wednesday and Thursday. Admission is free.
The hike: Park during a Hacienda entrance. The Historic Trail track is about 5.5 miles and hilly. After examining a rebate works, start out on a Deep Gulch Trail, one of a few shadowy paths on this route. English Camp, where a Cornish-speaking miners lived, is a good lunch spot, finish with cruise tables. If we don’t wish to do a whole hike, we can collect adult a Mine Hill Trail here and lapse to a Hacienda opening for a travel of about 3.5 miles.
The many renouned captivate on a Historic Trail is a San Cristobal Mine. You can travel several hundred feet into this scary hovel before a cave is hermetic off by a gate. Occasionally, we might see bats fly by. With a small imagination, and a views of a marks and wooden stand supports, we can suppose entering low into a dim mine.
On your return, forward along Mine Hill Trail, a views open and we can see Mount Hamilton, a Sierra Azul operation with Mount Umunhum and Almaden Valley.
Gail Todd is a author of “Lunchtime Walks in Downtown San Francisco” and a debate personality for San Francisco City Guides. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
If we go
Almaden Quicksilver County Park: From S.F. by car, take Highway 101 or Interstate 280 south to Highway 85 toward Gilroy. Exit during Almaden Expressway and continue 4.5 miles, branch right on Almaden Road. Continue about 2.5 miles to New Almaden. The museum is during 21350 Almaden Road. The Hacienda park opening is a small over along Almaden Road.