Elmwood Mine, Tennessee – Past and Present Perspectives
Over the years, Steve has built the country’s largest fine collection of specimens from the Elmwood, Gordonsville and Cumberland mines which are only about 35 miles from his home in Tennessee. He has contributed chapters to several books including American Mineral Treasures (2008) He has firsthand knowledge of the miners, the market, and the stories to explain how we get the specimens we get from the ground, which he will share with us. Steve has perhaps the best grasp of the overall production and will share with us his thoughts on the future for specimens from these mines.
This talk will cover the most recent era of specimen production at the Elmwood area mines during the past 3 years, which recovered four great pockets.
1) Elmwood 20-78-12; old style combos
2) Horseshoe bend; Calcites on Sphalerites
3) Gordonsville 29s-#6; huge series of groups calcite
4) Gordonsville 261-1a and 229; phantom fluorites and smaller crystals with clear corners