View of Almaden Valley (William Rich Hutton, c. 1847-1852).
The Old Almaden Winery
, founded in 1852, was the first commercial winery established in California.
A community picnic in 1908 at the Casa Grande in the New Almaden
neighborhood of Almaden Valley.
Like its Spanish namesake, California's Almaden had a number of quicksilver
mines. The mercury was used during gold extraction
in the California Gold Rush
, but the mines were closed in 1975 and have been converted into Almaden Quicksilver County Park
. Despite the closure of the mines, there still remains a high mercury content in the nearby soil, creeks and rivers, and signs are posted alongside them warning people not to eat the fish.
Many of the names in Almaden retain their mercury mine themes. For example, there are streets called Silver Lode Lane and Silver Mine Drive (the latter of which was renamed). Also, many places in Almaden still use the name Quicksilver.
UC San Jose campus
Almaden Lake Park.
The neighborhood is south east of the town of Los Gatos
, west of the Santa Teresa neighborhood of San Jose and south of Blossom Hill Rd. The informal borders are generally Coleman Rd. at the northern end, McKean Rd. at the southern end, where the valley becomes mostly rural, and the town of Los Gatos to the west. The valley is located between the Santa Teresa Hills
and the Santa Cruz Mountains
, with Mount Umunhum
to the west dominating the local geography.
The neighborhoods consist of primarily upper-middle-class
families, with homes owned by local professionals, scientists, professional athletes, and Silicon Valley executives. According to a 2011 estimate, the median income for a household in Almaden was $148,801 and the median income for a family was $182,981. The cost of a home in the neighborhood is generally in the $1 million-plus range.
Schools in the area include:
Notable parks in Almaden Valley include:
- ^ Telemundo Area de la Bahia Incendio de maleza en San José provoca evacuaciones
- ^ City of San José Twitter
- ^ "MyAlmadenValley Website". Archived from the original on 2010-08-17. Retrieved 2010-04-05.
- ^ Almaden Valley Community Association (AVCA) Website
- ^ AVCA About Almaden Valley
- ^ a b c Stadtman, Verne A. (1970). The University of California, 1868–1968. New York: McGraw-Hill. pp. 412–413.
- ^ IBM Almaden Research Center
- ^ "Census Data for 95120". Archived from the original on 2020-02-12. Retrieved 2007-04-13.
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