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“Gold Rush” Quicksilver Mining History Hike | San Jose

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Saturday, January 24, 2015 - 10:00 am to 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE
Almaden Quicksilver Park | Hicks Rd. and Mt Umunhum Rd, San Jose, CA

Event Details

Take a 4-mile hike back through time to learn about the mining history that helped shape the landscape of this historic park.

Meet at the Wood Rd. entrance off Hicks Rd. Bring a bag lunch, water, sun/rain protection and sturdy hiking shoes. This hike is not recommended for children under age 6.

In the 1800s, the mine was the most productive mine for mercury, or quicksilver, in the world. It was of strategic importance during the Civil War, so the Union army stationed forces nearby to ensure the mine did not fall under control of those sympathetic to the Confederacy.

The mine was also of importance during the gold rush as its mercury was used to process gold and silver.

Although the mine has closed for good, the land is currently the Almaden Quicksilver Park, and much of the old mining equipment and mine shafts are still there, waiting to be explored.

 Photo credit: Dave DeBaeremaeker

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Cost: FREE
Categories: *Top Pick*, History, History Comes Alive, Walks & Tours
Address: Hicks Rd. and Mt Umunhum Rd, San Jose, CA