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Missouri Mines Swap

Missouri Mines Rock Swap June 2017 mineral auction Park Hills Next weekend (June 10, 2017) we are going on a trip to the Missouri Mines Rock Swap in Park Hills, Missouri. We will look for drusy quartz and possibly Missouri banded agates. The swap itself goes from June 9-11 if you want to stay longer and is located at the Missouri Mines Historic Site near St. Joe State Park, 4000 MO-32, Park Hills, Missouri 63601. FREE admission to the show!

Directions: From Missouri 32, get off at Federal Mill Rd and look for the Missouri Mines Historic Site. Google Maps

Spontaneous Field Trip

At the end of our meeting on May 20, 2017, David said, “Hey, we should go to [redacted] to get some fossils. It’s really close by.” Several members came along and looked for fossils.

Climbing and finding fossils in Missouri

Dan, David, and Connie climbing up to the good spot. Photo by Stephanie Reed

We had to climb a little bit to get to the good spot, but once we did, there were crinoid stems, brachiopods, encrusting and branching bryozoa, and other things. It was easy to get fossils out of the ground because it had recently rained. Afterward, David suggested another place nearby to go to find composita, so some people came along for that, too.

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Rock climbing in the “wilderness”. Photo by Stephanie Reed

In the summer weather, we expect to go on more spontaneous field trips like this in the Kansas City area. Make sure you come to our meetings dressed for adventure* if you want to come along!

*dressed for adventure= long pants, closed toe shoes, bring gloves and bug spray

Joplin Mining Equipment

In November 2016, we went to see Marv Dahmen’s collection of vintage Joplin/Tri-State mining equipment and minerals. He talked about it for 5 hours but there was never a dull moment. We managed to record some of it, although it was so long Stephanie and David ran out of space on their phones. Here are some photos.

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Everyone listening to Marv. Photo by Stephanie Reed

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Ore buckets as far as the eye can see! Photo by David Reed

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Ore crusher. Photo by Stephanie Reed

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Most of the things outside are from the Picher Museum. Photo by Stephanie Reed

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Ore buckets, a crucible, and one of the only 2 remaining drill bit buckets. They were sold for scrap metal when the Picher Museum was having hard times. Marv got them from the scrap metal place. Photo by Stephanie Reed

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This is not an ore bucket. This is a dewatering bucket. Photo by Stephanie Reed

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The inside of a dewatering bucket has a plunger inside. Photo by Stephanie Reed

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A drill. Photo by David Reed

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Photo by David Reed

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Calcium carbide and some lamps. Photo by David Reed

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These long scoops are used to clean out the holes before putting in the dynamite. If you hit some debris while loading the dynamite it might explode. Photo by David Reed

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Wooden paddles for opening boxes of dynamite. It is too dangerous to use a metal implement. Photo by David Reed

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Lamps, containers of carbide, and mortars and pestles. Photo by David Reed

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An impressive display of blasting caps. Photo by Stephanie Reed

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Guy’s dropper lamps. These were used before carbide lamps were invented. Photo by Stephanie Reed

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Marv in his workshop. On the table are some slabs that will soon be cut into cabs, and there is a curved plate that can be coated with ink and used to label boxes of Hercules dynamite (with removable plates for dates, lot numbers, etc.). Bucyrus Erie is a mining equipment company. Photo by David Reed

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Marv also makes jewelry. Photo by David Reed

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Some of his freshly tumbled rocks. Photo by David Reed

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Part of Marv’s rock collection. Photo by David Reed

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Lots of Owyhee Jasper from Oregon and Idaho. Photo by David Reed

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A device for crimping blasting caps. It is extremely rare. Photo by David Reed

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This is a pigtail, which is a blacksmith-made hook for ore buckets. It is specially curved so that the bucket won’t fall off while it is being raised up. Photo by David Reed

Thank you Marv for inviting us on your property and into your home to see your amazing collection!

November Field Trips

Our November meeting will be Saturday, November 19. On that day, you can choose from two great field trip opportunities!

Choice #1: Meet at the Firefighter’s Memorial (87th & Blue River) at 10:00 am to collect fossils, then come to the regular meeting at noon at the Kansas City Public Library.

Choice #2: Meet at the Praying Hands Memorial (Hwy 171 and Dawson Dr) in Webb City, MO at 12:30 pm. It’s about 2 hours from downtown Kansas City, so don’t be late! From there, we will drive together to see Marve’s collection of vintage mining equipment. This is a large collection that cannot be seen anywhere else. RSVP to Bruce Stinemetz.

Joplin Field Trip 2016

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Mardell, Kerry, and Roy. Photo by Molly Stinemetz.

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Janice and Mike looking for rocks. Photo by Molly Stinemetz.

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Bruce Stinemetz presenting a donation from the Friends of Mineralogy to Brad Belk, Director of the Joplin Museum Complex. Photo by Molly Stinemetz.

Some rockhounds went on a field trip to Joplin, MO in September 2016. They looked for rocks and went to the Joplin Museum Complex, where they gave the museum a donation from the Friends of Mineralogy, which is a national non-profit group of people who love studying minerals. Many of our rockhounds are members of multiple clubs, including this one. The Friends of Mineralogy make donations such as this one because they are a 501(c)(3) organization and because the Joplin museum is really cool and deserves it.

Marquette Field Trip

Here are photos from the Show-Me Rockhounds’ field trip to Marquette, KS on April 16, 2016. This post was written by David Reed, current president of the club.

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Coronado Heights. Photo by David Reed

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Coronado Heights seen from afar. Photo by David Reed

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People having a picnic at Coronado Heights. Photo by David Reed

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Wall with battlements. Photo by David Reed

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Telephone pole in downtown Marquette imitating decorated telephone poles in Lucas, KS and elsewhere. Photo by David Reed

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Meeting at the diner. Photo by David Reed

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Meeting for lunch. Photo by David Reed

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Ready for lunch. Photo by David Reed

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Terminator in somebody’s yard. Photo by David Reed

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The bottom of a ring snake. The top is plain brown. The snake was found dead. Photo by David Reed

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We found a live 2 inch long scorpion outside. Photo by David Reed

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A highly unusual fossil in iron. Photo by David Reed

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There were helicopters outside. Stephanie has helpfully combined two photos to add the zoomed-in part. It was very fast. Photos by David Reed

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Connie being photogenic with her car. Photo by David Reed

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Look at all the people who came on the trip. We had a great time. Photo by David Reed

April Field Trip Polls

As you may know, we are having a field trip to Marquette, KS in April. We need to get some feedback to plan the trip. Please answer these 3 polls below.

We are considering staying overnight and also visiting Lake Kanopolis and Lake Wilson.

How shall we get there?

If you want to go on this field trip but you are not yet a member of the club, bring $5 for your membership fee and you can join during the trip.

Field Trip

Next Saturday (April 25) we are going on a field trip to the KU Natural History Museum at Dyche Hall, 1345 Jayhawk Blvd. Lawrence, Kansas 66045. Meet us at our usual meeting spot at 11:00 am and we will carpool to the museum. Hope to see you there!

The Bunker Mosasaur at the KU Natural History Museum.

Come see the Bunker Mosasaur! Photo from: http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/img/college-photo_24120..jpg