Article on gem-hunting in Maine, noting that increasing numbers of rock hounds a
Article on gem-hunting in Maine, noting that increasing numbers of rock hounds are heading to the state each year to prospect for rare gems and minerals. Irving "Dudy" Groves, who runs Poland Mining Camps on Route 26 in Auburn, said it's getting harder to find a place to collect unless you know someone. Woody Thompson, co-author of the guide "A Collector's Guide to Maine Mineral Localities," on the one hand wants to promote rockhounding as a great family hobby, and on the other hand, wants to protect the pastime from overexploitation. Some 90,000 visitors a year stop by Perham's of West Paris, Maine's landmark rock shop, en route to mineral country of the Oxford Hills. Maine mines have produced specimens of tourmaline, amethyst, beryl crystals, garnet and others.
Mines and minerals
Beem, Edgar Allen, "Article on gem-hunting in Maine, noting that increasing numbers of rock hounds a" (1997). Maine News Index - Down East Magazine. 2365.
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