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Rock Hounding in Northeast Washington

Metal Mines of Washington

July 9th, 2013

The DNR has released a copy of their 1990 report on The Metal Mines of Washington.  It covers the contents, names and a links to more information for metal mines in Washington by county.  We now have the report in four files on this website:
Part 1 – Necessary because it has the index.
Part 2_1  – There are actually 3 files in part 2
Part 2_2  – These are all about 10 Megs
Part 2_3  – A lot of Stevens County is in this last file

Also a paper concerning the Geology of Stevens County is now on our site: Continental Margin_NAGTFT_2012_final.docx

And there is also a new paper on the rock types of Northeast Washington: Rock Types of Northeastern Washington.pdf

Thulite Dig Pictures

June 27th, 2011

Here is a link to pictures from the Thulite Dig last Saturday, June 25th. Four club members went in Scott Jackson’s big pickup – along with his dog, Duchess.  We brought back a lot of stuff, including some we didn’t even know existed.  Iolite anyone?  We hope to have some at the next meeting for the Show and Tell program.

Rock Rollers and us at Lande Thulite quarry

Christmas Party the 21st

December 20th, 2010

Hello Rock Club.  Remember this coming meeting is a potluck dinner at our new Arden Community Center Building.  Setup starts at 5PM with Dinner at 6PM.

There will be a gift exchange with gifts marked for male, female, kids or “anyone”.  Gifts not more than $10.  It is a “white elephant” exchange so be prepared for some swapping.

People often bring poems, sing songs or tell stories.  So if you have something entertaining to bring, bring it.  Hope to see you there.

Be prepared for a total lunar eclipse that same night.  The eclipse begins on Tuesday morning, Dec. 21st, at 1:33 am EST (Monday, Dec. 20th, at 10:33 pm PST). At that time, Earth’s shadow will appear as a dark-red bite at the edge of the lunar disk. It takes about an hour for the “bite” to expand and swallow the entire Moon. Totality commences at 02:41 am EST (11:41 pm PST) and lasts for 72 minutes.


Gladstone Access

August 13th, 2010
Hello to you all .
My neighbor and I checked out the road and conditions of the mines on Gladstone Mountain last week  . We found the first five miles of the road to be freshly graded and in excellent  condition,but the rest of the road to the mines  is in bad shape , and though it may be possible for a good driver to get there in a two wheel drive vehicle it is definitely the place where four wheel drive is called for . The road splits at the five mile point and about 1 mile to the south west is the Lead King mine , where we will find Galena , and Crystals of Dolomite .About  three miles on the upper branch of the road is the Electric Point mine and other mines where Galena , Aragonite , and other minerals may be found .
We have many small trees to get over and around , small washes to straddle and rocky points to get over and we will average about five miles an hour or less for the last three miles . If you are careful driver you can probably make it with hardly a scratch.
There was a forest  fire along part of the road in and it was very heavily logged , but that does not extend as far as the mines .
As noted in our Schedule we will meet at Safeway  Parking lot Aug.22 at 9 AM .

Date Change on White Rock Quarry

July 26th, 2010

Rex at the Keystone Lower Adit

Hello Rockhounds;
This is to inform you That our field trip to the White Rock Quarry  has been changed from August 8  to August 7 which is a  Saturday . The gates to the Quarry will be locked on Sun  the 8th .
We will still meet at Harvest foods parking at 9 am and will proceed from there to Sandy’s Drive in where  we will meet the owner of White Rock  and then on to the Quarry .

All clear for the Edna

June 21st, 2010

A note from Rex:

This is a reminder of the trip to the Edna and Keystone Mines – I have not checked out the road this year but last year it was in good condition and I will have loppers and a saw along just in case .
We will meet at Safeway parking in Chewelah at 9 AM Sunday June 27th.
More on the 2010 field trip page.

Daybreak Mine

June 16th, 2010
Hello Rock hounds:
This is a reminder of the trip to the Daybreak mine for Autinite on Sunday 20th of June .
I checked the road out and recommend 4 wheel drive only. We will meet at Levi’s Mini Mart in Deer Park for our permits at 9 AM. The permit requires your license number, signature, and $10 per car .
You can probably use a small garden trowel or scratcher to look for crystals in the loose soil and maybe a point and hammer to break
Rock and maybe a  small plastic bag to put your finds in . The gate to the mine is locked so we may have to walk in , about 1/4 mile so you will  want to travel as light as possible. We will have a Black light and hood there for you to check your finds.

Good Hunting , Rex

Crystal Prospects

June 5th, 2010

(Here is an email from Rex Barrans, <>, about the Crystal Prospect Dig scheduled for June 13th.  If you intend to go, email him first so they will expect you.  Also remember that this trip needs a permit available from Levi’s mini-mart in Deer Park-(license number,signature, $10 per car))

I was up to the dig  location to check on the road  Tuesday ; the road is good  but the dig  area has been logged and Is a waste land . We will have to explore and start new digs as the old ones have been filled with dirt and brush . That may be an advantage as the old digs were not very productive any more, and now  with almost all the trees gone it may make finding a good spot easier .

The Allen road is up the springdale/Hunters road but that is a terribly bad road and there is a better one that we will take. If it is more convenient for you we can meet you in Valley or Springdale rather than Chewelah ,but be sure to let me know where so we don’t miss you  .
I am going to forward this to my list of rockhounds  so they will know  what to expect