writing this to see how many people would be interested in a group dig for Fluorite at some older mines in northern Kentucky and possibly southern Illinois. I have been talking to some people who operate a great fluorite museum in Marion, Kentucky, who have access to several abandoned mines in that area, and a few mines in southern Illinois near Cave-In-Rock, as well. They organize group digs during the daytime as well as night time digs for those who are into black lighting minerals that fluoresce. They can handle groups of ten to thirty with ease and more people can be accomodated as well, but they would like to see a group of at least ten. The guides will accompany the group to one or two mines in the area and the huge tailings piles at the mines are accessible. They turn the tailings piles on occasion as well and other minerals besides fluorite are often found as well.
I began talking to them late last summer and thru the fall season prior to my trip to Kentucky to hunt geodes in September. I talked with Virgil, aka Dances-With-Snakes, about it and we discussed putting together a late Spring hunt possibly.
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Clement Mineral Museum
Let me know if you are interested in a group dig and we can start planning on a date for it. There is a large campground at Cave-In-Rock and a free ferry there as well, and a few motels in the town of Marion. There is also a nice fluorite museum in Rosiclaire, Illinois as well.
I would definitely be interested. I have never collected Fluorite. I just have to work around my Army Reserve commitments.
I would be interested in a trip. Anytime
We would love to go. you can count 2 more in.
count me in for 2 - 3 also, and thanks for trying to put it all together.
You count us in too if gas don't get to high. I have a sister only about a hour from there where we stay at. There would be two of us collecting.
KOR Carl in WI
Me too, at least for part of it.....I live near S. IL....let me know when.......
Great, there have been some really nice specimens found down there lately, as recent as September and November 07, and I will try to attach some pics that the museum people sent me from those searches of some nice purple fluorite. The nice lady that I have been talking to, even went with one of the groups and mired herself into a muddy creek bank and extracted two nice chunks of fluorite herself after digging about two feet into the mud and dirt. The creek at the one mine is supposed to be full of fluorite, for the first twenty years or so, the miners threw all the tailings into the creeks near the mines, instead of building up tailings piles, which they did later on after the government regulations started.
and I guess if we didnt find enough material, we could visit Carl`s friend Bob in the southern Illinois area too.
Hey James, count me in too!! Have found an RV campground just on the edge of Marion. Appreciate your involvement in such an endeavor - looking forward to pics of the latest finds. dave t.
I checked with the lady at the museum and she said the weekend of May 10th and 11th is open for a dig. Let me know if this weekend would be acceptable to everyone interested in going.
Hey James, cant think of a better way to spend a birthday. Count the two of us in.
thanks for the time in setting this up
Great pieces James. Wow! what I could do with that large piece! Have written in May 10/11 on calendar, I'll be there if the dig can be arranged. Thanks, dave t.
I figured you might like those pieces and even that small one by itself is pretty nice. Tina, the lady at the museum said both of her pieces that she dug out of the mud were about that size, which is about six inches by four inches and four inches high, I think she said. One of hers had some yellow crystals and purple both.
John, sounds good, its looking like we will have a good group to go in there with, and hopefully good weather as well. Tina said one group came in there on one weekend last spring and had some rain to contend with but it sure didnt stop them from finding alot of good stuff. Some guy took home a big chunk of sphalerite that was about a foot long and nine inches wide, with several two and three inch long cubes of fluorite all over it. The tour guide told him it was one of the nicest pieces he had ever seen come out of the piles there.
I am very interested in joining you for this dig. I remember collecting some of the cave-in-rock area flourite (and great calcite) in the early 70's. I'll be watching to see what dates you come up with so I can add this to my calendar!
Jim E (Mpls)
Well, you KNOW I'm interested!! May 11 and 12 continues to be good dates for me. Count this chilly Minnesotan in!
Hey, I want to come too. I think I can make that weekend. It would probably be just me, maybe one of my kids too, not sure about that.
So far several can make it for the May 10th date, just waiting to hear back from the rest that were interested, as soon as I hear from at least ten people that can make it for that date, I will go ahead and book it. That will be a private dig for our group only and we should be able to hit more than one mine.
Sounds great James
Thanks for all the leg work.
James, you're doin' great!! Thanks soo much for your efforts. Keep us posted as to how this dig is progressing.
Thanks, dave t.
WE HAVE BEEN THERE BEFORE, COUNT US IN (2).
WE LOVED IT THERE.
WIFES BIRTHDAY IS MAY 10TH, WHAT A BIRTHDAY PRESENT.