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New Almaden Quicksilver Mines

The New Almaden Quicksilver mines were located in Santa Clara County, a few miles south of San Jose. The New Almaden Mine itself, registered in 1845, was older than any gold mine in the state; it operated over a longer period of time, from 1840's to 1940's; and yielded metal of greater total value than any other metal mine in California. It produced over 76 million pounds of quicksilver (mercury).

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California, geography, gold rush

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  • Geologic Guidebook of the San Francisco Bay Counties
    California Division of Mines and Geology. Geologic guidebook of the San Francisco Bay Counties: History, Landscape, Geology, Fossils, Minerals, Industry, and Routes to Travel. San Francisco, CA, Division of Mines, 1951.

Last updated by lorenzop on March 18, 2008

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