Hacienda Cemetery and Memorial Park in New Almaden

Last weekend, my husband and I had guests, Tisza and Mel, visiting to help me celebrate my 50th birthday.  They hail from Claremont in southern California and enjoying seeing new and unique places, so Saturday afternoon I suggested that they visit the historic Hacienda Cemetery and Memorial Park in New Almaden, off Almaden Road near Casa Grande.

Photos of the Hacienda Cemetery and Memorial Park

What follows are photos of their trip to the scenic old graveyard, which they kindly permit me to post here.

 

Hacienda Cemetery and Memoria Park in New Almaden, San Jose CA

 

This area of Santa Clara County was filled with mercury (quicksilver) mines, and that product was vitally important in extracting gold from rock during the gold rush years.  The New Almaden Mine (named after a large mine in Spain called Almaden) was at one point the largest producing mercury mine in the world.

 

Picket Fenced Graves - Hacienda Cemetery, New Almaden, San Jose CA

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