Come view a San Jose home turned museum and learn all about mercury mining at the Almaden Quicksilver Mining Museum. Mining began on this site in 1845 when a Mexican cavalry officer discovered that the red rock (cinnabar) that local Ohlone Indians used for painting contained mercury. Mexican mines were seeking mercury to process silver and this substance was very valuable. Over time, Casa Grande was built as a beautiful residence for the mine superintendents and the six acres surrounding the San Jose home were landscaped by the designer of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. This San Jose real estate has changed hands many times over the years, but was finally acquired by the County Parks Department so that the public could enjoy it for years to come.
Find Out How San Jose Real Estate Became the Place to Mine Mercury
Learn more about this historic San Jose home, the process of mercury mining, and what life was like for a miner by visiting the museum. Enjoy a guided tour if staff is available. Groups can call in advance to set up a special program or tour. School groups always have a great time on the property. There is a suggested donation of $2 per person for admission and the operating hours are Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Read more about the history of local mining and find all the details needed to plan a visit to the Almaden Quicksilver Mining Museum.