He constantly warned about the promotion of production in Mexico and the discovery of deposits of mercury in Mexico, and fiercely tried to offset the effects of the discovery of mines of quicksilver in New Almaden
Louis, orating at a major recruitment rally in Washington, and going to California as a federal agent in litigation regarding the New Almaden
Kathy Wolfe, founder of the now-iconic Wolfe Video, walks down a quiet, tree-lined street in New Almaden
, an unincorporated area of San Jose, Calif., where the company's offices are located.
My second example is the quicksilver (mercury) mine about twenty-five miles to the south at New Almaden, Santa Clara County, in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains.
One of these affluent new residents was the quicksilver baron of New Almaden. When William Barron's company relinquished overall control of the mines in 1864, he spent some of his tremendous profits on a chunk of the "unimproved" open range that Vancouver had described.
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.
Bonfante Gardens' 40 rides and attractions emphasize local elements: You can take a dizzying whirl in spinning garlic cloves, ride a roller coaster modeled on cars from San Jose's New Almaden
Quicksilver Mine, or cruise past signs for local businesses in an antique car ride.
DRIVING TO WOLFE VIDEO'S CORPORATE headquarters in the idyllic, historic town of New Almaden, California--an hour south of San Francisco and mere minutes from San Jose--feels like a leap back in time.
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.