Blogger tells me this is my 1,000th post on this site. So I'll pass along a picture I took today while the boys and I were touring the mining museum in New Almaden, California. I just wish I had a book with me to drop in the lending library.
If you'd like to learn about New Almaden, here's a link that talks about the mining operations for cinnebar. The town was named after the Almaden mine in Spain, mentioned by Pliny the Elder almost 2,000 years ago.