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February 15, 2011 / leonie

Senador Mine furnace

One of the parks in San Jose that I like best is Almaden Quicksilver County Park. In this park you encounter remains of old mercury (quicksilver) mines at about every trail you take. During the California Goldrush these quicksilver mines supplied the gold mines with the mercury they needed to remove the gold from the ore. After the gold rush had died down the mines became less important but where only fully shut down after the mine was purchased by Santa Clara county in 1976 and is now part of the Almaden Quicksilver County Park. This is a picture of one of the towers that remains of the Senadore Mine Herreschoff Reduction Furnace:

More information about Almaden Quicksilver trails can be found here. And for more pictures of remaining mine structures in the park, visit Stefan Bäurle’s blog at


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