Arizona Geological Society

Rhodochrosite: Red Treasure of the Rockies - The Story of the Sweet Home Mine

  • 07 Aug 2018
  • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Borderlands Brewing, 119 East Toole Avenue, Tucson AZ 85701


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  Rhodochrosite:  Red Treasure of the Rockies -
the Story of the Sweet Home Mine

Narrated by Karl Mecklenberg

August 7, 2018

Our regular August dinner meeting has been canceled in lieu of a special event, which will be held at Borderlands Brewing (119 East Toole Avenue, Tucson AZ  85701) on Tuesday, August 7, 2018 between 6 and 9 PM.

Members of the Arizona Geological Society as well as members of the public are invited to come out and view a video on the Sweet Home Mine and have a good time, drink some beer, eat some snacks and "talk rocks".

The video "Rhodochrosite:  Red Treasure of the Rockies - the Story of the Sweet Home Mine" will begin at 7:00 PM.

- This video tells the story of the Sweet Home Mine from its beginning as a modest, 1870s silver mine to its rebirth as a world-renowned source of crystal specimens.  Experience hard rock mining up close.  Watch miners within Colorado's 14-thousand foot Mount Bross as they drill and blast trying to find elusive pockets of natural riches.  Learn how science guides the underground treasure hunt.  Follow geologists as they try to unravel the mysteries of the ancient mountain.  See some of the most spectacular natural wonders ever brought to light.  Several of these mineral specimens will sell for over a million dollars each in today's market.

The cumulative value of the rhodochrosite specimens recovered from the Sweet Home mine over the years probably exceeds $100 million, and the mine is clearly the world's premier source of fine rhodochrosite.  All in all, that's not a bad record for a "failed" silver mine.


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