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Mineral Museums (small) in Franklin, North Carolina, USA
  
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PostPosted: Jul 16, 2017 17:34    Post subject: Mineral Museums (small) in Franklin, North Carolina, USA  

I was recently in Franklin, North Carolina, USA and visited 2 small mineral museums:

- Franklin Gem & Mineral Museum (GMM)

- Ruby City Gems

Both of these are free, but take donations from the willing and interested. They have some nice mineral specimens. Location details were unfortunately not labelled for some of the specimens.



Franklin, GMM (Gem + Mineral Museum).JPG
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Sign at Franklin Gem & Mineral Museum. This is in the old city jail.
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Franklin, GMM 1.JPG
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Franklin, GMM 2.JPG
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Franklin, GMM, Aquamarine, Minas Gerais, Barzil.JPG
 Mineral: Beryl var. aquamarine
 Locality:
Minas Gerais, Brazil
 Dimensions: label approximately 75 mm long
 Description:
 Viewed:  19733 Time(s)

Franklin, GMM, Aquamarine, Minas Gerais, Barzil.JPG



Franklin, GMM, Rutile, Graves Mountain, GA.JPG
 Mineral: Rutile
 Locality:
Graves Mountain, Lincoln County, Georgia, USA
 Dimensions: label approximately 75 mm long
 Description:
 Viewed:  19718 Time(s)

Franklin, GMM, Rutile, Graves Mountain, GA.JPG



Franklin, GMM, Pyrite, Ducktown.JPG
 Mineral: Pyrite
 Locality:
Ducktown, Ducktown District, Polk County, Tennessee, USA
 Dimensions: label approximately 75 mm long
 Description:
 Viewed:  19846 Time(s)

Franklin, GMM, Pyrite, Ducktown.JPG



Franklin, GMM, Calcite, Fluorite, Cave in Rock, IL.JPG
 Mineral: Calcite, Fluorite
 Locality:
Cave-in-Rock Sub-District, Hardin County, Illinois, USA
 Dimensions: label approximately 75 mm long.
 Description:
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Franklin, GMM, Calcite, Fluorite, Cave in Rock, IL.JPG



Franklin, GMM, Hornblende, Bancroft.JPG
 Mineral: Hornblende
 Locality:
Bancroft area, Bancroft district, Hastings County, Ontario, Canada
 Dimensions: label approximately 75 mm long
 Description:
 Viewed:  19740 Time(s)

Franklin, GMM, Hornblende, Bancroft.JPG



Franklin, RCG (Ruby City Gems).JPG
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Franklin, RCG (Ruby City Gems).JPG



Franklin, RCG, Calcite (Dog Tooth), Tri State Pb-Zn Di.JPG
 Mineral: Calcite
 Locality:
Tri-State District, Jasper County, Missouri, USA
 Dimensions: label approximately 75 mm long
 Description:
Dogtooth Calcite
 Viewed:  19851 Time(s)

Franklin, RCG, Calcite (Dog Tooth), Tri State Pb-Zn Di.JPG



Franklin, RCG, Calcite (Step), Tri State Pb-Zn District.JPG
 Mineral: Calcite
 Locality:
Tri-State District, Jasper County, Missouri, USA
 Dimensions: label approximately 75 mm long
 Description:
Step Calcite
 Viewed:  19737 Time(s)

Franklin, RCG, Calcite (Step), Tri State Pb-Zn District.JPG



Franklin, RCG, Covellite, Butte Ditrict, MT.JPG
 Mineral: Covellite
 Locality:
Butte, Butte District, Silver Bow County, Montana, USA
 Dimensions: label approximately 75 mm long
 Description:
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Franklin, RCG, Covellite, Butte Ditrict, MT.JPG


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PostPosted: Jul 16, 2017 17:41    Post subject: Re: Mineral Museums (small) in Franklin, North Carolina, USA  

Some additional Ruby City Gems mineral specimens.


Franklin, RCG, Fluorite.JPG
 Mineral: Fluorite
 Locality:
Illinois-Kentucky Fluorspar District, Livingston County, Kentucky, USA
 Dimensions: label approximately 75 mm long
 Description:
 Viewed:  19764 Time(s)

Franklin, RCG, Fluorite.JPG



Franklin, RCG, Galena, Chalcopyrite, Dolomite, Tri State Pb-Zn District.JPG
 Mineral: Galena, Chalcopyrite, Dolomite
 Locality:
Tri-State District, Jasper County, Missouri, USA
 Dimensions: label approximately 75 mm long
 Description:
 Viewed:  19753 Time(s)

Franklin, RCG, Galena, Chalcopyrite, Dolomite, Tri State Pb-Zn District.JPG



Franklin, RCG, Wufenite 2.JPG
 Mineral: Wulfenite
 Dimensions: label approximately 75 mm long
 Description:
 Viewed:  19753 Time(s)

Franklin, RCG, Wufenite 2.JPG



Franklin, RCG, Wulfenite.JPG
 Mineral: Wulfenite
 Locality:
Los Lamentos Mountain Range, Municipio Ahumada, Chihuahua, Mexico
 Dimensions: label approximately 75 mm long
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PostPosted: Jul 16, 2017 22:51    Post subject: Re: Mineral Museums (small) in Franklin, North Carolina, USA  

Hello Robert,

I am enjoying your pictures of downtown Franklin. My wife and I have been to both of these museums, although it has been a while. There was one place that had the largest rhodochrosite specimens that I have ever seen.

I bought my first Amazonite specimen at the old jail picked out of a bucket on the floor.


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PostPosted: Jul 17, 2017 07:16    Post subject: Re: Mineral Museums (small) in Franklin, North Carolina, USA  

Don

I had not been to Franklin for 15/20 years. It was good to see both of these museums still going. Neither of the museums/associated shops had anything of interest (for me).

Many of the rock shops along the highway have evolved though - much nicer buildings and presentation - but less of a variety of specimens. Sluicing for gems remained the same.

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PostPosted: Jul 17, 2017 12:43    Post subject: Re: Mineral Museums (small) in Franklin, North Carolina, USA  

Robert Seitz wrote:
Wulfenite
Locality: Los Lamentos Mountain Range, Municipio Ahumada, Chihuahua, Mexico
Dimensions: label approximately 75 mm long
So this must be 50 cm matrix specimen of Los Lamentos wulfenite. Not bad, really not bad :-)
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PostPosted: Jul 17, 2017 13:49    Post subject: Re: Mineral Museums (small) in Franklin, North Carolina, USA  

Certainly a unique way to protect a mineral collection - in an old jail! A few specimens looked interesting. What is the basis of this collection, as it seems not to be about local minerals?
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PostPosted: Jul 17, 2017 15:57    Post subject: Re: Mineral Museums (small) in Franklin, North Carolina, USA  

Here is blurb from the mineral museum in jail:

"The Franklin Gem and Mineral Society started in 1971. The rockhounds of the area had a close kinship from many hours spent digging for gems in the mountains. It was no wonder that informal get-togethers turned into monthly meetings. In fact, by 1972 there were almost 175 people on the roles of the club. In 1972 they also opened the museum. This museum was a growing collection of the lapidary dreams of the rockhounds of Macon County. With the move into the jailhouse, they were able to expand the collection and improve on the exhibits. The club stills hosts this free museum and it is one of the highlights of any visit to downtown Franklin, NC."

The other museum is back rooms of a rock shop.

There has been considerable mining in Western North Carolina, but many targets were gems and industrial minerals. I have spodumene, kyanite, uraninite, garnet, mica, talc, emerald. Museum has those and more. Apparently collecting carries us far afield.
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