Though the landscape of labor at New Almaden has not vanished to the same degree in a physical sense, it is equally defunct.
One of these affluent new residents was the quicksilver baron of New Almaden.
In a gold-mining region of the Sierra foothills, he managed the Mariposa Estate, which, he pointed out, was second only to New Almaden as the biggest mining investment in the state.
Miners and their families from New Almaden, though sorely in need of pastoral respite, were unlikely to visit.
In the 1860s, two articles based on visits to New Almaden appeared in the East Coast periodical, Harper's Magazine.
Finding himself with "nothing particular to do" while making financial arrangements, he headed (naturally) for New Almaden.
52) Average life expectancy for a furnace worker at New Almaden was forty-five years.
A narrow, meandering road winds past bucolic cottages and Wells Fargo whistle-stops still standing from the 1800s, when the area was known primarily for the New Almaden Mines.
It may be the New Almaden Mines that put the pastoral town on the map, but it's Wolfe Video--the largest exclusive distributor of lesbian and gay entertainment in North America--that is keeping it there.
The story of the lesbian company's early days and its burgeoning corporate headquarters in New Almaden sounds just like that other Silicon Valley success story--Hewlett Packard--except in this case, the women began their operation in Kathy Wolfe's not-quite-finished basement.
You can see the townsites and more mining relics only on tours led by volunteers from the New Almaden Quicksilver County Park Association; for a schedule and fees, call (408) 268-8331.
Driving in, you pass New Almaden, a national historic landmark district with adobe houses from the 1850s.