New Almaden Quicksilver Mine, The Hacienda Cemetery

The Hacienda Cemetery Of The New Almaden Quicksilver Mine

On March 7, 2018 I visited the Hacienda Cemetery, in Almaden, that was established for the community of miners working in the New Almaden Quicksilver Mine. The cemetery was created in the 1850s and consists of several burial locations with wooden and stone markers.

Richard Bertram Barrett, who worked in the New Almaden Quicksilver Mine, had a hunting accident while in Almaden which led to his arm being severed. At the time, there was a law in San Jose that permitted the severed limbs of a person to be buried, before that individual passed away. This explains why Richard’s arm is buried in Hacienda but the rest of his body is buried in another part of San Jose.

In 1974, the ownership of the cemetery was transferred to the nonprofit historical organization the California Pioneers. Currently, the California Pioneers Of Santa Clara owns and manages this historical cemetery.