New Almaden Days:
Day 2015 Parade
Day 2015 Carnival
Day 2016 Parade
Day 2016 Carnival
Pioneer Day 2010, Casa Grande
Casa Grande Pathway and Memorial Bench Dedication
October 8, 2016
The New Almaden Quicksilver County Park Association held their 34th annual pioneer day at the Casa Grande, the New Almaden Quicksilver Mining Museum. The theme of this year's Pioneer Day was the dedication of the new pathway to the Casa Grande and the memorial bench in front of the Casa Grande (to the left of the main entrance stairway above).
Pioneer Day is being held in the picnic area behind the Casa Grande.
These are raffle items.
Rock collection and wildflower book donated by Robbie.
Martha at the raffle table.
Polished slab of cinnabar from the Guadalupe Mine.
Marv and Bob at the donation table.
Book by Gage McKinney about one of California's greatest mining engineers.
Jim and Dennis at Jim's table.
Jim showing Dennis his drawing of the Hanging Tree.
Mike looking at Jim's artwork.
Fruit and cookies for lunch.
Mary and Dennis preparing the lemonade for lunch.
Gilian and her ukelele band provide entertainment.
Gage is dressed as an itinerant preacher during the mining days. He's riding Janice's horse Caribe.
The Cub Scouts present the flags.
The Cub Scouts lead the Pledge of Allegiance.
Gage gives an invocation.
Kitty welcomes everyone to Pioneer Day. In the background is the old water tank tower, minus the tank. A future NAQCPA project will be to put a wooden water tank back on the tower and paint the whole tower.
Mike is the emcee.
Mike asks museum volunteers to raise their hand.
Rebecca gets ready to serve lunch.
Cornish pasties are the main dish for lunch.
Lining up for lunch.
Mike points out Jim's pictures to the scouts.
Russ talks about his family, who were part of the Cornish people who worked in the mines of New Almaden.
Julie, who manages the County Park interpreters, thanks Kitty and NAQCPA for their service
Art tells some stories about important people in the history of New Almaden.
It's time for the raffle. Dorene wins a prize.
Winner of the hand-knit shawl.
Robbie wins a scarf.
Part of this year's Pioneer Day is the dedication of the memorial bench for Pat Johnson. Pat's brother Randy talks about his sister and the bench.
Bruce talks about the construction of the pathway, which is being dedicated today.
This is the pathway leading from Almaden Road to the Casa Grande parking lot. It was built by NAQCPA volunteers, led by Bruce. It was built using leftover bricks from the Casa Grande patio construction, with sand provided by park maintenance.
Patricia Johnson's family poses at the bench dedicated to her memory.
People gathering for the dedication in front of the Casa Grande.
Dedication plaque to Patricia Johnson on the memorial bench.