Hi NorCal SME,
Dust off your hiking boots,...
Michael Cox has kindly offered to host a tour of the historic New Almaden mercury mining district.
Family & kids are welcome to attend.
Wear decent hiking boots. According to Michael, it is not a hard hike, but the grass burrs and prickles will get annoying.
See below announcement from Michael.
Please RSVP, so we have a heads up of the attendees.
Hope to see some friendly faces.
The SME Section will meet on Sunday, May 15, 2022, at 11:30 am at the New Almaden Community Club in the former mining community of New Almaden, 12 miles south of San Jose.
The Community Club is next to La Foret Restaurant on Bertram Road. The Community Club address is 21727 Bertram Rd, San Jose, CA 95120. Any issues finding the place, contact Michael Cox at 408-644-7848.
The agenda for the meeting is provided below. Michael Cox of the New Almaden Quicksilver County Park Association will be providing a talk and short walking tour regarding the environmental investigations and closure of the mine, followed by a tour of the mining interpretive displays at the New Almaden Museum. Mike was principle in the closure of the underground workings, surface restoration, and subsequent environmental investigations and remedial activities at what was formerly the largest mercury mine in North America. Mike has a BSc in Geology from Cal State East Bay and an MSc in supply chain and materials management. Mike has been immersed in New Almaden and its history since 1975 and is the Vice President of the New Almaden Quicksilver County Park Association.
11:30 am – 12:15 pm BYO lunch/picnic and short presentation on the life, death, and closure of the New Almaden mines by Michael Cox
12:15 pm – 1:00 pm walk to nearby park entrance to inspect former ore processing cap and closure area
1:15 pm – whenever anyone wants to leave, Mike Cox will guide folks through the interpretive displays at the New Almaden Mercury Mining Museum. 21350 Almaden Rd, San Jose, CA 95120. Mike will be on hand if anyone wants to walk the town or visit any other points of geologic and mining interest.
Michael F. Cox
PO Box 786, Soquel, CA 95073-0786
(408) 644-7848 (cell)
(831) 462-1907 (home)