The Buena Vista

The Buena Vista (HM140Z)

Location: San Jose, CA 95120 Santa Clara County
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 11.217', W 121° 50.626'

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A Masterpiece of Masonry & Mechanics

The Buena Vista shaft commenced on July 5, 1882. It became the deepest sunk into the Quicksilver Mining Company's lands, eventually reaching a depth of 2,300 feet, 600 below sea level.

Though not itself a significant source of ore, the Buena Vista's value was in pumping water out of neighboring flooded mine tunnels, thus allowing miners to follow veins of cinnabar ore deeper into the earth.

Considered a masterpiece of masonry, the Buena Vista's pumphouse foundation was constructed using sandstone from New Almaden and immense blocks of granite from the Sierras. Abandoned in 1893, these foundations are all that remain of the Buena Vista today.
HM NumberHM140Z
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Date Added Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 at 11:21am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)10S E 602626 N 4116237
Decimal Degrees37.18695000, -121.84376667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 11.217', W 121° 50.626'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 11' 13.02" N, 121° 50' 37.56" W
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Area Code(s)408
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 438-468 Randol Trail, San Jose CA 95120, US
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