Prez Says...

by Ken Reynolds, MSDC President

Hello MSDC members; welcome to November!

I would like to thank Patrick Rowe for his fantastic silver presentation, "Silver, Born of Cataclysmic Events and Brought to us by Improbable Happenings." It was the second time I've seen his presentation and it never ceases to amaze me. Hopefully we can get Patrick back for some more presentations on other topics in the future!

October has been a busy month for me with rocks and minerals. October 22nd was a dig at the Franklin Mineral Museum on a special pile of rocks transported from the Palmer mill site of the Franklin mine to the buckwheat dump at the Franklin Mineral Museum about 10 or 12 years ago. For a long time the material was in a fenced in area that was off limits. In the last 3 or 4 years they have been doing special digs for which you pay a registration fee as well as a special poundage fee for everything you collect. It has been one of my favorite things to do because it combines my passion for Franklin minerals and the treasure hunter inside me! Here are a few photos of my experience and what I collected.

El Presidente lying on the Palmer mill site pile. Photo provided by Ken Reynolds.
Fluorescent Mineral I found containing willemite,(green), calcite ,(orange) esperite,(yellow) and hardystonite, blue. Photo by Ken Reynolds.
Daylight picture of unknown find. Photo by Ken Reynolds.
Fluorescent picture of unknown find including purple and peach colors. Photo by Ken Reynolds.
Sterling Hill mining Museum including dummy hanging from conveyor. Photo by Ken Reynolds.

The same weekend they had a haunted mine tour at the Sterling Hill mining Museum located a couple miles down the road from Franklin in the town of Ogdensburg New Jersey. If you haven't ever been to the museum you are really missing out. During regular hours at the Museum you can take a tour inside the mine where you see many of the adits and passage ways that were used a the entrance to the miners by workers years ago. Many of the pieces of equipment are still intact and therefore display, you can see the original cage that lifted the men down into the mine and also brought up ore.

For the past few years at Halloween, they have been doing a haunted mine tour which helps to pay for filed trips to Boston for one of the local schools. The whole mine is decorated with spooky stuff and they have smoke pumping through all of the adits creating a very creepy environment. As you proceed through the mine, there are people dressed in costume that are jumping out and scaring you to the best of their abilities.

Entrance to the Sterling Hill Mining Museum's Haunted Tour. Photo by Ken Reynolds.

As we were leaving the Headless Horseman made an appearance which was truly fantastic I only wish I could have gotten a picture of him...


Please join us on November 2nd for our next meeting looking forward to seeing you all!