Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Kilbourne Hole Field Trip Photos

Thanks to Ann McMahon and John Schexnaydre for these wonderful images of the recent club field trip to Kilbourne Hole.  

Monday, October 14, 2013

For those with mining claims

We recieved the following post that might be interesting to some.

Dear Webmaster,

I wanted to reach out to you because we are currently seeking some potential cast members for a potential Season 3 of The Weather Channel's "Prospectors" a hit television series about miners and their incredible finds as they battle the elements to uncover valuable minerals and gems.
Here is a link to the show's website:

We are seeking miners in the Southwest with claims who are available to dig this winter. Great energy is a plus and a passion for mining is a must. In addition we're looking for miners who dig as their full-time profession as opposed to those who mine as a hobby. 

I am hopeful that you and or members of your Gem & Mineral Club may know miners in your area currently working. Would love to chat with you on the phone if it's convenient for you. Please pass this along to anyone who might be interested in participating. I am happy to answer any questions as well.
Many thanks for your time.

Sarah Finley
High Noon Entertainment
303-872-8598 (office)
303-872-8701 (fax)

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

A couple bits of news

Submitted by Lee Stockman

Two Items for your attention:

1.  At our meeting tomorrow evening, September 12, Mary Dowse will present a program on her trip to Australia. 

Here is her description of what she will talk about:

"Mary Dowse, Professor of Geology at Western and world traveler, will present a program about her visit to Australia in the Summer of 2012. She spent a week in the Pilbara in Western Australia, sleeping in the bush and looking at very old rocks which she will tell us about. After a week of meetings in Brisbane she headed for the Great Barrier Reef to study learn more about reefs and swim with sharks, little ones."

As always Mary's talks are most informative and entertaining.

2.  Jeannine Weiner, Club Historian would like for  people that took pictures at the show to get them to her so she can put together a slide show for the web page as well as the archives. Maybe those with pictures  could burn them to a CD and bring them to the meeting.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

August Field Trip

by Jeannine Weiner

Our August Field trip took us south on Hwy 90 to a mine just south of the Continental Divide Campground.  The mine, name unknown, was not very deep and was lined with very hard rock. We were able to go in without any fear of it caving in. There was quite a bit of Chrysocolla and maybe Malachite on the walls and we attempted to chisel some of it out. It turned out to be a very difficult process. We did finally manage to get a few nice pieces. There was also some Dendrite in the area and that for me proved to be a bonus! The view and the weather couldn't have been better! We had a wonderful outing.  Here are a few photos.  

Monday, August 26, 2013


Friday, August. 30 -

  •  8:00 am - 11:00 am - Club members set up Show facilities
  • 11:30 am - Pizza and beverages offered to club members
  • 11:00 am - 5:00 pm - Vendor set-up with member assistance
  •  5:00 pm - Doors to Show locked 
Saturday, August 31 -
  • 7:00 am - Doors open for vendor set-up 
  • 9:00 am - Show opens to public (NO early birds) 
  • 9:00 am - Education field trip departs 
  • 1:00 pm - Collecting field trip departs
  • 5:00 pm - Doors to Show locked 

Sunday, September 1 -

  •  9:00 am - Doors open for vendor set-up
  • 10:00 am - Show opens to Public (NO early birds)
  •  9:00 am - Education field trip departs  
  • 1:00 pm - Collecting field trip departs
  •  5:00 pm - Doors to Show locked
  •  5:30 pm - Vendor-Member Dinner

Monday, September 2 -
  •  9:00 am - Doors open for Vendor Set-up 
  • 10:00 am - Show opens to Public (NO early birds)
  •  9:00 am - Education Field Trip 
  • 1:00 pm - Collecting Field Trip departs 
  • 1:00 pm - Terry Humble Mine Tour departs   CANCELED
  •  4:00 pm - Doors to Show locked 
  • 4:00 pm - Vendor take-down with member assistance


Morning field trips will depart from the entrance to the gem and mineral show at 9:00 a.m.
Afternoon field trips will depart from the entrance at 1:00 p.m.



Saturday’s morning trip will be an educational tour with Mary Dowse that will introduce participants to the dominant kinds of rocks found in Silver City and weave the story of the region’s geologic history. We will be driving west, stopping at several locations where the rocks tell the story. The route will be suitable for any vehicle, and there will not be a lot of walking.
On Saturday afternoon we’ll drive out Highway 180 past Gila to look for fluorite on Turkey Creek Road. The last several miles will be on a rough gravel road, so high clearance is recommended. The best hunting involves a short but difficult and strenuous hike up a steep ravine, but small samples can usually be found near the road. Afterwards, you may enjoy a short drive down to cool your feet in the Gila River.


Sylveen Cook’s Sunday morning adventure will cover early mining areas and practices near Pinos Altos, the site of Grant County’s 1860s gold rush that included the noted historical figure, George Hearst. Driving should be no problem, but some walking over uneven terrain may be involved.

Sunday afternoon we head up to our geode claim where a little digging may turn up some nodules with banded (fortification) agate in whites, blues, grays, and sometimes a splash of orange. Often you can find great little samples on the surface if you’re not into hard labor. The gravel road up to Bear Mountain is usually passable by all vehicles, but rainy weather can make it treacherous. The walking terrain is uneven, but not particularly challenging. Further down the road (high clearance from this point on) you can look for more agate and a few fossils.


Jack Cunningham will show Monday morning participants some of the oldest rocks on earth during a geological road trip from Acklin Canyon (near Mimbres) along highways 152 and 180 to Chloride Flat and Silver City. We will caravan in our own vehicles with roadside stops—no walking necessary.

Our Monday afternoon collecting trip will be a short drive east on Highway 180 to look for Ft. Bayard orthoclase crystals. We will park just off the pavement and hike about ¾ of a mile to the collecting area near Twin Sisters Creek. The terrain is uneven but not difficult. Some low hill climbing is optional.


As a bonus field trip for the Annual Gem and Mineral Show, the Grant County Rolling Stones has invited Terry Humble, local author and historian, back this year to give his popular tour of area mines. The approximately two-hour bus ride (with no bathroom breaks—sorry!) will stop at various historical mines and sites where Terry will inform and amuse you with stories of the past.

The tour will leave from the entrance of the Show at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, Labor Day, September 2. We will not be taking advance reservations, but space on the bus is limited so show up early.


Sunday, August 25, 2013

ONLY A WEEK AWAY!!!!!!!!!!!

The Grant County Rolling Stones Gem and Mineral Society presents our 30th Annual Gem and Mineral Show on Labor Day weekend. It will be at the Grant County Business and Conference Center, 3031 Hwy 180 E, Silver City (next to Ace Hardware). The free show, a great family event, will be open on Saturday August 31 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, on Sunday September 1 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, and Monday September 2 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. The Lions Club “restaurant” will sell food and drinks.
This year’s show will feature over forty vendors from New Mexico, Arizona and California. They will display a wide variety of rocks, minerals, gems, beads, and lapidary tools and equipment, as well as many different kinds of jewelry. For kids of all ages, there is the Wheel of Fortune, where every spin wins a prize. A Silent Auction of rock and mineral specimens will be held throughout the show. Educational displays will be provided by the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology and by NMSU's Zuhl Collection.

Experts will lead daily field trips to local sites, weather permitting. Morning trips will be educational, featuring local geology and mining history. Afternoon trips will allow opportunities for digging and collecting rocks and minerals. Participants should bring a vehicle fueled for visiting the sites, plus plenty of drinking water.

See the following posts for a list of all the terrific vendors and additional information about the field trips.   We hope to see you there!