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S.A.M.S. Field Trips

S.A.M.S. OCTOBER FIELD TRIP

To Be Announced





DIXIE MINERAL COUNCIL

Dixie Mineral Council Field Trip
The Southeast Federation of Mineralogical Societies, Inc.

Dixie Mineral Council Field Trip
The Southeast Federation of Mineralogical Societies, Inc.
An Official Field Trip of the Montgomery Gem & Mineral Society (Montgomery, AL) (HOST)
An Official Field Trip of the Southern Appalachian Mineral Society
 
Saturday, October 20, 2018
Hogg Mine
Troup County, GA
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Fee Site

TRIP: The Hogg Mine started out as the Oxford Mine in 1942 to mine beryl to produce beryllium. Commercial operations shut down in 1960. The site has been opened off and on since then for specimen mining and is currently managed by Chris Painter. The site is a surface mine pit approximately 650 feet long with an east – west orientation.

COLLECTING: The parking area is at the east end of the pit. As you enter the pit from the parking area there is a trench approximately 150 feet long and to your right. Large green Aquamarine beryl and pockets of green Aquamarine beryl have been found there.  As you enter the main pit area, there is a tailing or spoil pile to your left that came out of the pit in front of you. There have been several large nice gemmy Aquamarine beryl specimens from this area. The main pit in front of you has a plethora of treasures, Rose Quartz, Smoky Quartz, banded Quartz, Beryl in matrix with the quartz, Tourmaline in matrix with the quartz, etc. The last area of note is at the western end at the back of the pit. There has been a new smaller pit dug in the last year and some very nice Blue Aquamarine Beryl has been found. The new pit was dug because an old drilling report indicated that Amethyst was found. There are pieces of Amethyst coming from the new pit.

FACILITIES: There is an outhouse available on site. There is plenty of parking. The mine also cooks hamburgers and hot dogs and has drinks. Lunch plate is $8.00

FEE: 17 years old and up is $35 per person, 16 years old and younger dig for free.

TOOLS: Bring all the tools you have: pick, shovel, screen, rock hammer, hand sledge, rock chisel, bucket, hand cart, etc. The Hogg does sale some tools in limited quantities. It would be a good idea to bring an extra change of clothes. The pit can be muddy and wet.

DIRECTIONS AND WHERE TO MEET:
For Members Only

CONTACT: Jeff Edwards: 334-296-5034  goldennugget@montgomerygemandmineralsociety.com


DIXIE MINERAL COUNCIL FIELD TRIPS
Field trips are open to all members of associated clubs of the DMC program of the SFMS Field Trip Committee and to all members of SFMS member clubs who have provided their membership with SFMS liability insurance. Because of insurance requirements, members of the GENERAL PUBLIC are NOT invited on any DMC program field trips.

 

Here are some photos taken at past field trips:


Nantahala Talc and Limestone Quarry
Nov. 10, 2007
Nantahala Talc and Limestone Quarry
Nov. 10, 2007
Nantahala Talc and Limestone Quarry
Nov. 10, 2007
Nantahala Talc and Limestone Quarry
Nov. 10, 2007
Nantahala Talc and Limestone Quarry
Nov. 10, 2007
Nantahala Talc and Limestone Quarry
Nov. 10, 2007
Nantahala Talc and Limestone Quarry
Nov. 10, 2007
Nantahala Talc and Limestone Quarry
Nov. 10, 2007
Nantahala Talc and Limestone Quarry
Nov. 10, 2007
Nantahala Talc and Limestone Quarry
Nov. 10, 2007
Lowell at Little Pine, May 2006
Judy collecting garnets at Little Pine, May 2006
Martina looking for Kyanite, June 2005
Glenden, April 2006
Glenden, April 2006
Glenden, April 2006
Glenden, April 2006
Bob O'Brien Bob O'Brien strikes it rich at the Thermal City Gold Mine.

S.A.M.S. family hunting for quartz crystals.
S.A.M.S. Family

Sharing finds at Lake Douglas.
Lake Douglas

A prized smokey quartz crystal from Lake Douglas.
Lake Douglas Quartz

Digging for rubies & sapphires in the red dirt of Propst Farm.
Propst Farm

Lowell Presnell, proud of the hole he has dug.
Lowell in hole



Illustration with text from LIVING FOSSILS by Anne L. Parker. Used by permission of Dr. James P. Parker.