This famous rock story is just one of thousands that are similar in what was a time of invasion of people with rocks in their heads. The first rock tumbler was just invented (made from an old tire) and the art of prospecting for the next pretty stone was in full swing. But finding a construction site where digging is involved was the new mining way. Just look in the tailings for something you can use in lapidary. Like Sowbelly Amethyst from Creed, Colorado, there was a situation the early 60's where a railroad cut in Trent Oregon had the people with rocks in their heads swarming in to the dig for a short time until the mine closed due to an accident to one of the unsafe miners. The site was guarded for a short time until along with the new RR came a new highway that covered over the mine forever. The rough collected in those short few months has been cut and polished or waiting to be brought out of old collections that have been inherited from grandpa's everywhere. And much is sitting in the backyards of a new home owner who doesn't have a clue or interest. Slowly sinking into the earth to be lost forever to all rockhounds. What makes it most striking are the sagenite sprays of Stibnite, which alters to yellow Orpiment or red Realgar and the Black oxidized Realgar needles all displayed in a opaque agate (and very rarely blue agate) with yellow/rust colored splashes. I'd say this slab has all the bells and whistles. -WET pic.-(2"x 2"/1.4 oz./5mm thk) no fractures
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