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PostPosted: Oct 22, 2011 11:59    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through the states of USA - Illinois  

A complex crystal of Calcite from Denton Mine, very rich in faces, of which the scalenohedron dominates.


Calcite - Rosiclare level_Denton Mine_Hardin County_Illinois_USA.jpg
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Calcite and Fluorite
Rosiclare level, Denton Mine, Hardin County, Illinois, USA
Specimen size: 7.8 × 4.5 × 4.2 cm.
Main crystal size: 6.6 × 3.8 cm.
Fluorite & Calcite fluorescent long & short UV
From the former Jan Buma Collection
Photo: Reference Specimens
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PostPosted: Sep 05, 2012 04:28    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through the states of USA - Illinois  

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CalciteHardin.jpg
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Calcite
Minerva No. 1 Mine, Cave-in-Rock, Hardin Co., Illinois, USA
7.2 x 4.9 cm
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PostPosted: Feb 23, 2013 23:25    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through the states of USA - Illinois  

An interesting cluster of fluorite with a central hollow section. The interior of the hollow area is filled with numerous other fluorite crystals.

Higher resolution versions are available here:

http://www.mindat.org/xpic.php?fname=0831889001361678832.jpg
http://www.mindat.org/xpic.php?fname=0080851001361678901.jpg



FluoriteBack.jpg
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Fluorite
Hill-Ledford Mine, Cave-in-Rock Sub-District, Illinois - Kentucky Fluorspar District, Hardin Co., Illinois, USA
9.5 x 6.9 cm
 Viewed:  7677 Time(s)

FluoriteBack.jpg



FluoriteFront.jpg
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Fluorite
Hill-Ledford Mine, Cave-in-Rock Sub-District, Illinois - Kentucky Fluorspar District, Hardin Co., Illinois, USA
9.5 x 6.9 cm
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PostPosted: Aug 31, 2013 22:33    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through the states of USA - Illinois  

Illinois


IMG_1582.JPG
 Description:
Fluorite, calcite, sphalerite
Denton Mine, Harris creek District of Hardin County, Illinois, USA
7 cm.
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PostPosted: Sep 01, 2013 06:13    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through the states of USA - Illinois  

Very pretty piece.
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PostPosted: Sep 01, 2013 11:24    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through the states of USA - Illinois  

I guess there's always room for another fluorite. Here, a fairly recent acquisition.


Illinios-7224r.jpg
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Fluorite
Annabel Lee Mine, Bethel Horizion, Harris Creek District, Hardin County, Illinios, USA
7x6x5 cm overall size
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PostPosted: Nov 15, 2013 03:26    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through the states of USA - Illinois  

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CalFluorite.jpg
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Calcite, Fluorite
Hardin Co., Illinois, USA
6.7 x 4.1 x 4.0 cm
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PostPosted: May 05, 2016 13:13    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through the states of USA - Illinois  

Another Southern Illinois specimen. Thanks to Ross Lillie for the proper location information.


F395-9427.JPG
 Mineral: Fluorite, Sphalerite, and Calcite
 Locality:
Minerva I Mine, Ozark-Mahoning group, Cave-in-Rock Sub-District, Hardin County, Illinois, USA
 Dimensions: 8x7x6 cm overall size
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PostPosted: May 06, 2016 10:09    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through the states of USA - Illinois  

Jesse Fisher wrote:
Fluorite, Sphalerite, and Calcite
Minerva I Mine, Ozark-Mahoning Group, Cave-in-Rock Sub-District, Hardin County, Illinois, USA
What a perfect (!!!) beauty, Jesse, awesome combination of dark sphalerite, white calcite and those simply perfect blue fluorite cubes. I'm really impressed, thanks for sharing this one :)
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PostPosted: Jun 12, 2016 07:37    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through the states of USA - Illinois  

A photo of me collecting in 2005. The head frame of the Annabel Lee Mine, last standing head frame, in the now closed Harris Creek mining district.


P1020278.jpg
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Annabel Lee Mine, Harris Creek Sub-District, Hardin County, Illinois, USA
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_Yes, that is me in early April, 2005.
The Annabel Lee head frame is in the background.
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PostPosted: Aug 08, 2016 07:36    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through the states of USA - Illinois  

Most of you have a fluorite from Illinois.


y_Minerva_Mine_No_1_-_IL.jpg
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_Minerva Mine No. 1 head frame.
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Rosiclare_Lead___Fluorspar_Miining_Co._-_Rosiclare__IL.jpg
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_Rosiclare Lead and Fluorspar Mining Co. Rosiclare, IL.
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y_Hill-Ledford_Mine_-_Rosiclare_District__IL.jpg
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_The Hill-Ledford Mine, Cave in Rock, Hardin County, IL.
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PostPosted: Aug 08, 2016 07:58    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through the states of USA - Illinois  

Nice photos, Vic. I'll add this one to the mix.
This was taken in 2005 and it was one of the last standing headframes in the district.



Annabel Lee Mine.jpg
 Mineral: _One of the last standing headframes in the district.
 Locality:
Annabel Lee Mine, Harris Creek Sub-District, Hardin County, Illinois, USA
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PostPosted: Aug 08, 2016 10:18    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through the states of USA - Illinois  

The Illinois fluorite district was and still is an interesting place to visit. It is in very southeastern Illinois, near the towns of Cave-in-Rock and Rosiclare. There were several mining areas within the district which is across the Ohio River from the Kentucky fluorite district. The last mining area to be exploited was the Harris Creek district which consisted of 3 mines; the Denton Mine, the Minerva Mine and the Annabel Lee Mine. This district closed about 1996 or so bringing a near complete end to mining in the area. But the Hastie Quarry, just North of Cave-in-Rock still operates and owns mining rights to much ore still in the ground. There is fluorite, sphalerite, Baryte and some galena which may be economic if prices of these commodities were to again rise.

In the 1980s and 1990s large numbers of mid and hi range specimens were available for those visiting the district. The miners all brought specimens out in their lunch boxes and sold them to the public and to friend operated stores in town. The town was very small so most everyone knew everyone else. Many of the stores, including gas stations and fast food restaurants carried nice examples and prices were peanuts compared to those of today. ROSS LILLIE was the company geologist and amassed a large hi end collection which he sold just a few years ago. His specimens are now in museums and for sale thru many dealers. ALAN GOLDSTEIN did a nice complete article on the district in 1997 for the Mineralogical Record. There is a small but very nice museum....The American Fluorite Museum..... in Rosiclare, near the processing facility. The Ohio River is scenic and includes a small auto ferry that goes back and forth for those sightseeing and wanting to cross the river. There are no bridges crossing the river in that immediate area.

When I started going down there, much could still be found. The processing facility still was in operation, but soon closed. They shipped in fluorite from other mining areas including Colorado so you could find odd colors and non-Illinois specimens with a bit of looking at the processing site. There were piles of material in back of the facility. Sadly, they were being flattened and crushed just at the time I started collecting. After that you had to search in and along the bushes around the edges of parking areas to find nice examples.

Those are some of my memories from about 12 - 18 years ago when I collected down there.



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_On the banks of the Ohio River near the town of Cave-in-Rock, Illinois about 2005. Illinois fluorite district.
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PostPosted: Aug 08, 2016 11:50    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through the states of USA - Illinois  

Very cool information and photos! Instead of opening a new topic we should maybe move the whole thread to http://www.mineral-forum.com/message-board/viewtopic.php?t=1578 ?

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PostPosted: Aug 08, 2016 21:17    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through the states of USA - Illinois  

Historic fluorspar mining.


y_Fairview_Mine_-_Cave-in-Rock_District__IL.jpg
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_Fairview Mine headframe, Rosiclare, Illinois-Kentucky Fluorspar District, Hardin County, Illinois.
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y_Fairview_Fluorspar_and_Lead_Company_-_Good_Hope_Mine_and_Mill.jpg
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_Fairview Fluorspar and Lead Company.
Good Hope mine and mill.
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PostPosted: Aug 10, 2016 07:40    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through the states of USA - Illinois  

Another awesome Illinois specimen, on display in Freiberg, Saxony:


IMG_0726.JPG
 Mineral: Fluorite, barite, quartz
 Locality:
W.L. Davis-Deardorff Mine, Ozark-Mahoning group, Cave-in-Rock Sub-District, Hardin County, Illinois, USA
 Dimensions: ~ 30 cm
 Description:
Collection Terra Mineralia, Freiberg (my photo)
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PostPosted: Aug 10, 2016 21:33    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through the states of USA - Illinois  

What's great about this site is the continuity of context. Please post this wherever you want. The comment will not be out of context. I love you guys!
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PostPosted: Oct 22, 2017 11:16    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through the states of USA - Illinois  

A typical combination from Denton Mine:


DentFLUO.JPG
 Mineral: Fluorite, Calcite
 Locality:
Denton Mine, Goose Creek Mine group, Harris Creek Sub-District, Hardin County, Illinois, USA
 Dimensions: Specimen size 13 cm, largest fluorite crystal 3,5 cm
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PostPosted: Oct 22, 2017 11:53    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through the states of USA - Illinois  

The Denton Mine produced a huge amount of really nice specimens in it's day. That day is over 20 years gone, now, but good things can still be found. Here are a couple new ones to the collection.


F420-9760r.JPG
 Mineral: Fluorite with Chalcopyrite
 Locality:
Denton Mine, Goose Creek Mine group, Harris Creek Sub-District, Hardin County, Illinois, USA
 Dimensions: 15x6x5 cm overall size
 Description:
This one is from the Rosiclare Level, North End, Lillie Pod. Recovered circa 1985.
 Viewed:  450 Time(s)

F420-9760r.JPG



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 Mineral: Fluorite on Sphalerite
 Locality:
Denton Mine, Goose Creek Mine group, Harris Creek Sub-District, Hardin County, Illinois, USA
 Dimensions: 12x12x6 cm overall size
 Description:
This one is from the Rosiclare Level, Butterknife Pod. Recovered circa 1988.
 Viewed:  450 Time(s)

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PostPosted: Oct 22, 2017 14:49    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through the states of USA - Illinois  

A pair of specimens from Denton Mine both displaying similar habits but on different matrices. The specimen on the left is on limestone and the one on the right is on fluorite. I was very happy bring this pair together in my calcite collection! I've seen only a couple of these "flame-like" calcites from Denton, perhaps they weren't as common, but then again the variety is endless from the fluorspar district.


DSC_2149.jpg
 Mineral: Calcite
 Locality:
Denton Mine, Goose Creek Mine group, Harris Creek Sub-District, Hardin County, Illinois, USA
 Dimensions: Left: 10 cm x 14.2 cm x 11.5 cm, Right: 18.5 cm x 16.9 cm x 9.8 cm
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