Way back in the 60's a deposit/seam of unique agate was found near Trent, Oregon when the RR was relocating some tracks. This rough is almost impossible to find. Slabs are few and far between to boot and the price is proof of it's incredible following of hungry hounds. These times were the real beginning of rock hounding's glorious days when some character filled the first old tire with rocks and <<<BAM>>>the rock tumbler was born. This was the heyday of the hunt for the next amazing new find. Was one of the RR workers a rock junkie and his keen eye caught the amazing array of tube/spray abstract with color that when exposed to the atmosphere can change in an instant to thick black oxidized realgar needles jutting into light blue agate with specks of marcasite. And did he see the actual change in color when the air hit the newly broken seam agate as they dug. Although recent analysis has shown that specimens from the seam do not contain any antimony chemical element meaning there is no stibnite. This suggests the black needles are altered forms realgar and not stibnite as said for so many years. Anyway, story/legend goes that the land owner allowed rock hounds onto his property to mine the material and just like you can imagine it would backfire on the farmer and he was sued by one of the people mining the agate. Seems he got hurt in a cave because of inadequate shoring of the walls. That ended the digs way back in the early 70's and the end of another amazing stone. Any hopes of getting back into the seam was squashed not long ago when a freeway was built over the area. This piece is covered in crud and shows none of it's secrets so I did leave a picture of another faced piece so you'd have an idea of it's look. -WET pic.-(3.4 oz.) no fractures....perfect cutter
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