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Gem Trails of Texas


Visit the places where experienced rock and mineral collectors have found success! Detailed descriptions, photos and maps guide you to some of the best gem collecting sites in the state. This book is a 6" x 9" paperback with 175 pages. Expanded, revised 9th edition.

Gem Trails of TexasTable of Contents

Introduction6
Hints for Collecting Minerals8
Hints for Collecting Gem Materials9
Rockhound Rules10
Code of Ethics11
Map Legend13
Texas Locator Map14
Key Sites to Locator Map15
Collecting Sites
Region I - Trans - Pecos - West Texas
Introduction16
Map17
Site 1. Franklin Mountains - El Paso18
Site 2. Fossils and Flint - Hueco Mountain Area20
Site 3. Kilbourne Hole22
Site 4. Allamoore Talc Mines24
Site 5. Marfa Agate26
What is an Agate?28
Site 6. Balmorhea Blue Agate30
Site 7. Agate - Toyah Area32
Site 8. Woodward Ranch36
Site 9. Agate - Ritchie Ranch (Alpine)38
Site 10. Agate - Stillwell Ranch40
Site 11. Terlingua Minerals42
Site 12. Jasper - Marathon Area46
Site 13. Pom Pom Agate - Needle Peak48
Region II - Central Texas
Introduction50
Map51
Site 14. Topaz and Smokey Quartz - Katemcy Creek52
Site 15. Topaz - Wayne Hofmann Ranch54
Site 16. Topaz - Garner Sequist Ranch56
Site 17. Llanite60
Site 18. Granite - Burnet County62
What is a Geode?64
Color Photo Insert65
Site 19. Crinoids - San Saba Area74
Site 20. Dinosaur Valley State Park76
Site 21. Fossils - KLT's Knob Hill Ranch78
Site 22. Proctor Lake80
Site 23. Fossiliferous Limestone - Coryell County82
Site 24. Cleburne Fossils86
Site 25. Celestite - Lampasas County88
Region III - Panhandle - The High Plains
Introduction90
Map91
Site 26. Colored Fling - Lake McClellan92
Site 27. Lake Mackenzie94
Site 28. Dolomite98
Site 29. Alabaster100
Region IV - North Texas
Introduction102
Map103
30. Fossils - Bridgeport Area104
31. Fossils - North Sulphur River106
32. Alvord Pyrite108
33. Fossils - Cisco Area112
34. Hematite - Possum Kingdom Lake114
35. Colorful Conglomerates116
Region V - Southeast Texas
Introduction118
Map119
36. Clay Concretions120
37. Tektites - Dime Box Area122
38. Livingston Area124
39. Brazos River Wood126
40. Tektites and Bediasites - Bedias, Grimes County128
41. Wood and Jasper - Trinity / Crockett Area130
42. Petrified Palm Wood - Crockett Area132
43. Petrified Palm Wood - Toledo Bend Reservoir134
What is Petrified Wood?136
44. Petrified Wood - Lake Sam Rayburn138
45. Fossils - Whisky Ridge140
46. Petrified Wood - Giddings / La Grange Area142
47. Petrified Wood - Somerville / Lyons Area144
Region VI - Southwest Texas
Introduction146
Map147
48. Moss Agate - Rio Grande Valley148
49. Agate - Bob's Nob Area150
50. Agate - Sullivan City152
51. Petrified Wood - Frio River Area154
52. Wood and Agate - Choke Canyon Reservoir156
Appendices
Appendix A - Gem and Mineral Societies in Texas158
Appendix B - Museums161
Appendix C - Maps and Information162
Appendix D - Stars of Texas (Places of Geological Interest)163
Glossary166
Mineral Locator Index173