Thursday, August 1, 2013

Processed Views: 1 Panorama of Avarice - City on the Hill, New Almaden, California by Carleton Watkins

New Almaden, located near San Jose, CA became a mining center in l845. It was the most prominent quicksilver (mercury) mine in the Western Hemisphere. Through the nineteenth century mining interests were able to purchase public land for their private use at a cost of no more than $5 per acre through the process of "claim" patents.  Watkins took many  landscapes and extensively documented mining in California.

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