The Bell Tower

The Bell Tower (HM25SP)

Location: San Jose, CA 95120 Santa Clara County
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N 37° 10.434', W 121° 49.488'

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In 1874, a fire swept through the New Almaden community destroying many miner's homes. To prevent the recurrence of such a disaster, mine manager James Randol organized a local bucket brigade and ordered the construction of a bell tower and a system of fire hydrants.
The original bell towner was constructed just inside the main gate to the Hacienda Reduction Works, about 50 feet north of the current park entrance on Almaden Road. In addition to the bell, which was used to alert the bucket brigade, the tower housed a hose cart. Both the bell and hose cart were used on many occasions over the years.
HM NumberHM25SP
Placed ByAlmaden Quicksilver County Park Association and Santa Clara County Parks and Recreation
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, March 5th, 2018 at 7:01pm PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)10S E 604328 N 4114810
Decimal Degrees37.17390000, -121.82480000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 10.434', W 121° 49.488'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 10' 26.04" N, 121° 49' 29.28" W
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Area Code(s)408
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 21785 Almaden Rd, San Jose CA 95120, US
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