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PostPosted: Jan 25, 2012 23:21    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through the states of USA - Ohio  

John Jaszczak wrote:
Hi John,
Thanks for posting more about Bluffton. I still have some nice micro material available from there. It was a great day collecting with you. It was also nice that some of the Bluffton
pieces had dolomite crystals, sphalerite crystals and fluorite crystals all together.

I'll try to get some pictures up.

Thanks also for posting those incredibly interesting fluorites. I love to see such interesting
puzzles.

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John

Just one more puzzle for you, John.



055.1OHfluorite-AuglaizeQ-tetrahex-cube'07.jpg.jpg
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Fluorite (tetrahex/cube exaggerated I think)
Auglaize Quarry, Junction, Ohio, USA
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PostPosted: Feb 05, 2012 12:11    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through the states of USA - Ohio  

As with Pete Richards, many of my pictures are not digitalized yet, but here are a few examples that I do have. Duff quarry is the closest productive quarry to my home and the unusual amount of rain this past year kept blast areas washed for easier collecting. The quarry produces an unusual number of forms of pyrite, as Pete has mentioned, sometimes also with nice iridescence. A large percentage of the pyrite openings are filled with calcite which must be removed to expose the crystals however, and this process usually removes the iridescence if any was originally present. The Auglaize fluorite iridescence is due to hydrocarbons, as determined by John Rakovan, but I don't think anyone has studied that of the pyrites from Duff quarry. Diploid pyrite form is more common than usual at Duff quarry.


2011 09 08 pyrite,Eric'sBeam,artif. 021.JPG
 Description:
Pyrite
Duff Quarry, Huntsville, Ohio, USA
2 cm field of view
 Viewed:  22097 Time(s)

2011 09 08 pyrite,Eric'sBeam,artif. 021.JPG



2011 09 08 pyrite,Eric'sBeam,artif. 013.JPG
 Description:
Pyrite in fluorite
Duff quarry, Huntsville, Ohio, USA
Crystal 6 mm
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2011 09 08 pyrite,Eric'sBeam,artif. 013.JPG



2011 09 08 pyrite,Eric'sBeam,artif. 032.JPG
 Description:
Pyrite & dolomite
Duff Quarry, Huntsville, Ohio, USA
6 cm field of view
 Viewed:  22105 Time(s)

2011 09 08 pyrite,Eric'sBeam,artif. 032.JPG



0378302-R4-E255.jpg
 Description:
Pyrite
Duff quarry, Huntsville, Ohio, USA
around 2 cm field of view
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PostPosted: Feb 05, 2012 12:53    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through the states of USA - Ohio  

A couple from Ross County, another Ohio pyrite locality. The first shown was not in our Tucson display last year. It was too wet to dig at this locality this past year.


2011 01 31 swim 009.jpg
 Description:
Pyrite
Ross County, Ohio, USA
17 cm high
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2009 12 25 swim 102.jpg
 Description:
Pyrite (Jay Medici collection)
Ross County, Ohio, USA
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2009 12 25 swim 102.jpg



2003 03 31 swim 147.jpg
 Description:
Pyrite (donated to Smithsonian) (pictured in ExtraLapis Pyrite issue (German))
Ross County, Ohio, USA
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2003 03 31 swim 147.jpg



0378302-R6-E473.jpg
 Description:
Pyrite
Ross County, Ohio, USA
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0378302-R6-E473.jpg



1-11RCo.pyrite,deer,Snake HillEnter custom name here 057.JPG
 Description:
Pyrite (longest found in past 45 years)
Ross County, Ohio, USA
52 inches long
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1-11RCo.pyrite,deer,Snake HillEnter custom name here 057.JPG



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Jay Medici at work
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PostPosted: Feb 05, 2012 13:06    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through the states of USA - Ohio  

Those pyrites are absolutely amazing, John - thanks for sharing!
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PostPosted: Feb 07, 2012 06:37    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through the states of USA - Ohio  

Incredible pyrites, John.
Thanks for sharing!
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PostPosted: Feb 07, 2012 08:34    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through the states of USA - Ohio  

John, I am a lover of your Duff Quarry pyrites although I live very far from Ohio, I am afraid.

I posted a specimen with comments on the Spanish side. There we provided two links you likely know. If not, here you have:

https://vasichkominerals.com/Dufflatest.html
(link normalized by FMF)

and Pete's useful description

https://www.mineral-forum.com/message-board/viewtopic.php?t=1071

From my point of view, you are a lucky man living close to those amazing crystals (well, here in Spain we have Navajun, Ambasaguas or Carratraca as well).

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PostPosted: Feb 08, 2012 04:29    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through the states of USA - Ohio  

https://www.mineral-forum.com/message-board/files/0378302_r6_e473_162.jpg

... no comment ;-)
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PostPosted: Feb 08, 2012 10:17    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through the states of USA - Ohio  

Tobi, Tobi...Oh! Sie haben schmutzige Gedanken. ;=))
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PostPosted: Jul 27, 2012 01:15    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through the states of USA - Ohio  

So much amazing stuff in here, thanks for sharing. That sphalerite in fluorite ( https://www.mineral-forum.com/message-board/files/sphalerite_in_fluorite_1d_459.jpg ) was the most exquisite specimen I have seen in awhile!!!
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PostPosted: Sep 29, 2012 06:32    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through the states of USA - Ohio  

Two more images. Both coming from the Spanish FMF Gallery.

The Calcite is from geoalfon and the Sphalerite is from Marc C



Calcite - Pugh Quarry_Custar_Wood County_Ohio_USA.jpg
 Description:
Calcite
Pugh Quarry, Custar, Wood County, Ohio, USA
Specimen size: 13 x 8 cm.
Cristal size: 12 cm.
Photo: geoalfon
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Sphalerite on Fluorite - Bluffton Stone County Quarry_Bluffton_Richland Township_Allen County_Ohio_USA.jpg
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Bluffton Stone Co. Quarry, Bluffton, Richland Township, Allen County, Ohio, USA
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Photo: Marc C
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PostPosted: May 28, 2016 14:48    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through the states of USA - Ohio  

From my earlier days when I regularly went to Ohio quarries on field trips. August 2008.


DSC02067.JPG
 Mineral: Celestine
 Locality:
Stoneco Quarry (Lime City Quarry), Lime City, Wood County, Ohio, USA
 Dimensions: celestine crystal is 5.0 cm
 Description:
An isolated milky sky-blue and doubly terminated celestine crystal on matrix.
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DSC02068.JPG
 Mineral: Celestine
 Locality:
Stoneco Quarry (Lime City Quarry), Lime City, Wood County, Ohio, USA
 Dimensions: celestine crystal, 5.0 cm on matrix
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PostPosted: May 30, 2016 13:53    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through the states of USA - Ohio  

Many of the quarries in the Findlay Arch area of Northwest Ohio produce celestine. The habits are quite varied between Lime City Quarry, Sylvania Quarry and this example from the White Rock Quarry in Clay Center Ohio and also much different than the quarries of Southeast Michigan and Indiana. One of the more common crystal habits are these white bladed crystals such as these found about 2005 in the White Rock Quarry in Clay Center Ohio.
What makes this example quite remarkable are the multiple intact sprays with nearly all undamaged and terminated delicately bladed crystals.
I rarely touch this specimen as it is quite delicate so it was photographed in place on the display shelf.



DSC03857.jpg
 Mineral: Celestine
 Locality:
Clay Center, Ottawa County, Ohio, USA
 Dimensions: blades up to 4 cm in length, groupings up to 7 cm and the whole example about 18 cm across
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celestine on matrix
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PostPosted: Jun 09, 2016 08:33    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through the states of USA - Ohio  

About 10 years ago workers in the White Rock Quarry in Clay Center, Ottawa County, Ohio blasted into a very large void chock full of hi quality rootbeer colored fluorite cubes and much interspersed celestine. Some of the smaller fluorite cubes were iridescent while the larger cubes were not.
Shortly after this event, I acquired a number of differing examples. This is one example of smaller iridescent cubes and much intermixed bladed celestine..



DSC03870.jpg
 Mineral: Fluorite and Celestine
 Locality:
Clay Center, Ottawa County, Ohio, USA
 Dimensions: fluorite cubes to 8mm (groups of cubes to 3.0 cm), the overall specimen is about 18 cm x 8 cm
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PostPosted: Jun 09, 2016 15:58    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through the states of USA - Ohio  

Very nice example Bob!

Here are three different examples of the same mineral combinations. Two were collected in the 1950s, while the first example was one of my very first mineral purchases.



JKB38, Fluorite, Celestine, White Rock Quarry, Clay Center, Ottawa County, United States.jpg
 Mineral: Fluorite, Celestine
 Locality:
White Rock Quarry, Clay Center, Ottawa County, Ohio, USA
 Dimensions: 5 cm x 7 cm x 4 cm
 Description:
A fluorite and celestine combination from Clay Center and one of my first mineral purchases from a dealer in 2005. I had barely been a full year geology major undergraduate at that time.
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JKB38, Fluorite, Celestine, White Rock Quarry, Clay Center, Ottawa County, United States.jpg



JKB853, Fluorite, Celestine, White Rock Quarry, Clay Center, Ottawa County, United States.jpg
 Mineral: Fluorite, Celestine
 Locality:
White Rock Quarry, Clay Center, Ottawa County, Ohio, USA
 Dimensions: 5.7 cm x 3.3 cm x 2.3 cm
 Description:
A hand sized specimen of dark brown fluorite and celestine from Clay Center. This specimen was collected in the 1950s according to the label. Unlike the more famous specimens that were found in 2005-2006, this specimen has no phantoms.
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JKB853, Fluorite, Celestine, White Rock Quarry, Clay Center, Ottawa County, United States.jpg



JKB1013, Fluorite, Celestine, White Rock Quarry, Clay Center, Ottawa County, United States.JPG
 Mineral: Fluorite, Celestine
 Locality:
White Rock Quarry, Clay Center, Ottawa County, Ohio, USA
 Dimensions: 5 x 6.3 x 4.9 cm
 Description:
Normally I don't even bother with polished specimens, as I prefer crystallized specimens. I made an exception to this rule for this one as it it had both a definite locality and a date. This specimen was collected in 1952, then was polished into its current state.
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PostPosted: Aug 10, 2016 14:12    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through the states of USA - Ohio  

In about 2007 blasting in the White Rock Quarry, Clay Center Ohio, opened a very large void filled with hi quality fluorites, celestine, and some accompanying calcite. These were on matrix and in various combinations. A local collector/dealer had a fortuitous agreement with the quarry management ostensibly to "donate rocks to local school corporations for study" and, indeed, did donate much of the lower end material to local school corporations for educational purposes. But the better and higher end material......and there was a lot of it!......was kept for her collection and for sale.
The dealer had regularly come to our regional show so, at our next show, after this great find, everyone was lined up at her tables ready to buy whatever she had and whatever they could afford. It sold like hot cakes for pennies on today's dollar. Here is one of the larger pieces that I acquired. Sadly, the dealer unexpectedly passed a couple of years ago. Her personal specimens have now been disbursed with no more to come from the quarry based upon her original agreement.



DSC03185.jpg
 Mineral: Fuorite and Celestine
 Locality:
Clay Center, Ottawa County, Ohio, USA
 Dimensions: specimen is 20 cm, largest fluorite cube is 4.5 cm, celestine blades are about 3.3 cm
 Description:
Fluorite and celestine on matrix
Most of these examples had nibbed tips to the celestine blades
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PostPosted: Jun 28, 2017 09:15    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through the states of USA - Ohio  

Most mineral collectors are aware that Ohio is one of the few places in the world to produce iridescent fluorite. Although the Auglaize Quarry in Junction, Paulding County, Ohio is the best known of these quarries, there are several of them that are historical producers of iridescent fluorites (Tiffin, Bluffton, Genoa, Maple Grove and Clay Center to name a few). One of the quarries in Ohio to produce excellent fluorite specimens, but are scarce to find are those from the Charles Pfizer & Company Inc. Quarry in Gibsonburg, Sandusky County, Ohio.

The Charles Pfizer Company Inc. Gibsonburg Quarry began operation in the early 1900s as the Standard Lime Company (Orton and Peppel, 1906). It was then renamed the Gibsonburg Lime Products Corporation Quarry in the 1940s (Stout, 1941).

In 1962, the Charles Pfizer Co. purchased the quarry, until it closed and flooded in the early 1980s. Specimens from the quarry are fairly difficult to come by. Like many other fluorites from Ohio, they fluoresce strongly under a longwave ultraviolet light, where iridescence is not exposed. It should also be mentioned that the Charles Pfizer Quarry, though the largest, was not the only quarry in Gibsonburg. The now flooded Steetley Quarry and the flooded White Star Quarry (now a beach and scuba diving park) also produced fluorite specimens, but never produced iridescent fluorites like the Pfizer Quarry produced.

I got a chance to talk to John Medici at the Columbus, OH Show and Jay Medici at the Mansfield Show, OH. John and Jay both had some great specimens on display at the Columbus Show, but I finally have some time to process them and share them on FMF.

References Cited:

Orton, E. and Peppel, S.V. (1906) The limestone resources and the lime industry in Ohio. Geological Survey of Ohio, Bulletin 4: 360-364.

Stout, W.E. (1941) Dolomites and limestones of western Ohio. Ohio Division of Geological Survey: Bulletin 45, 230 p.



Fluorite, Charles Pfizer & Co. Inc. Quarry, Cleveland Musuem of Natural History Collection.jpg
 Mineral: Fluorite
 Locality:
Charles Pfizer & Company Inc. Quarry, Gibsonburg, Sandusky County, Ohio, USA
 Dimensions: 20 cm x 16 cm x 15 cm
 Description:
Large cabinet specimen from the Charles Pfizer Quarry in Gibsonburg. Although the crystals are large, they are not as iridescent as the other two specimens shown below, but it is extremely large. Cleveland Museum of Natural History specimen.
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Fluorite, Charles Pfizer & Co. Inc. Quarry, John Medici Collection, Ex. Hoppy Hoppinger.jpg
 Mineral: Fluorite
 Locality:
Charles Pfizer & Company Inc. Quarry, Gibsonburg, Sandusky County, Ohio, USA
 Dimensions: 18 cm x 12 cm x 7.5 cm
 Description:
Large cabinet specimen from the Charles Pfizer Quarry in Gibsonburg. This specimen is one of the best known examples from the quarry. The specimen shows the typical green iridescent color that is seen from here.

The specimen was displayed at the 2013 Tucson Gem and Mineral show for fluorites and photographed by Matt Zukowski on page 6. A painting of this specimen was done by Susan Robinson and can be seen on the Mineralogical Record’s website. This specimen was collected by John Medici and in his collection.
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Fluorite, Charles Pfizer & Co. Inc., Quarry, John Medici Collection, Ex. Hoppy Hoppinger.jpg
 Mineral: Fluorite
 Locality:
Charles Pfizer & Company Inc. Quarry, Gibsonburg, Sandusky County, Ohio, USA
 Dimensions: 18 cm x 12 cm x 7.5 cm
 Description:
Large cabinet specimen from the Charles Pfizer Quarry in Gibsonburg. This specimen is one of the best known examples from the quarry. The specimen shows the typical green iridescent color that is seen from here.

The specimen was displayed at the 2013 Tucson Gem and Mineral show for fluorites and photographed by Matt Zukowski on page 6. A painting of this specimen was done by Susan Robinson and can be seen on the Mineralogical Record’s website. This specimen was collected by John Medici and in his collection.
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JKB1077, Fluorite, Charles Pfizer & Co. Inc. Quarry, Ex. Harold Dibble Collection.jpg
 Mineral: Fluorite
 Locality:
Charles Pfizer & Company Inc. Quarry, Gibsonburg, Sandusky County, Ohio, USA
 Dimensions: 15 cm x 12.4 cm x 9.3 cm
 Description:
Cabinet specimen from the Charles Pfizer Quarry in Gibsonburg. This specimen was formerly in the Harold Dibble collection and originally misidentified as coming from the Auglaize Quarry in Junction, Ohio. The specimen actually shows two iridescent colors: the typical green and the atypical purple color.
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JKB1077, Fluorite, Charles Pfizer & Co. Inc. Quarry, Ex. Harold Dibble Collection (2).jpg
 Mineral: Fluorite
 Locality:
Charles Pfizer & Company Inc. Quarry, Gibsonburg, Sandusky County, Ohio, USA
 Dimensions: 15 cm x 12.4 cm x 9.3 cm
 Description:
Cabinet specimen from the Charles Pfizer Quarry in Gibsonburg. This specimen was formerly in the Harold Dibble collection and originally misidentified as coming from the Auglaize Quarry in Junction, Ohio. The specimen actually shows two iridescent colors: the typical green and the atypical purple color.
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PostPosted: Oct 16, 2019 05:06    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through the states of USA - Ohio  

I reviewed Michael Shaw's Ohio contributions from January 18, 2011 and believe that the correct locality for his fluorite specimen in photo #4 of his group posting would be the White Rock Quarry, Clay Center Ohio (there is no such quarry as the Maumee Quarry near Clay Center).
Michael Shaw wrote:
Here is my contribution for Ohio.


And, by the way, the locality of my 2016 fluorite and celestine postings above should also read: from the White Rock Quarry near Clay Center, Ohio.
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PostPosted: Oct 16, 2019 05:32    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through the states of USA - Ohio  

To further update this Ohio thread, in the July-August 2019 issue of the Mineralogical Record, John Medici et al have an extensive article on the Auglaize Quarry. A couple of his Auglaize Quarry fluorite specimen photos from his previous January 2012 postings on this thread (and many others) are also featured in this recent MR article. Bob
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PostPosted: Oct 16, 2019 09:32    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through the states of USA - Ohio  

Bob Harman wrote:
I reviewed Michael Shaw's Ohio contributions from January 18, 2011 and believe that the correct locality for his fluorite specimen in photo #4 of his group posting would be the White Rock Quarry, Clay Center Ohio (there is no such quarry as the Maumee Quarry near Clay Center)

Bob,
Thanks for calling attention to this. I went back to the original label for this specimen, and after a little research, the correct location for this piece is actually the Stoneco Quarry, in Lime City, Ohio. Back when this piece was collected in the late 1950s, it was called the Maumee Stone Co. Quarry. I just updated the location information in my earlier post.
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PostPosted: Oct 16, 2019 10:27    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through the states of USA - Ohio  

Michael, Okay, good!!

It was either White Rock Quarry if close to Clay center, Ottawa County Ohio.
OR
Maumee Stone Quarry, now Stoneco Quarry near Lime City, Lucas County Ohio. BOB
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