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Colorado Rockhounding website

Hi all,

I just wanted to let all of you know about a website that I created a couple years ago. This website is still in its infancy, but I am continuously adding more and more info to it as I get the time. Just go to the following web page and choose an item from one of the 3 lists. The site is easy to navigate and has lots of pictures (i.e. mineral specimens and locations).

Colorado Rockhounding

This website is a non-profit site where you can find out more about where rockhounding can be done in Colorado and what minerals can be found. It also has a little historical info about what has been found at specific locations. Even though fossil collecting is a common rockhounding activity in Colorado, there won't be any fossil locations mentioned because that would make the website even larger and I don't know anything about fossils anyway. Maybe someone else can make a website for Colorado fossils.

This website is database-driven, so each of its webpages are dynamically created "on-the-fly" instead of being statically created manually by myself. I've found that static webpages are tedious to create and maintain. :-) And putting everything into a database can make linking to other pages much easier.

Minerals and locations can be found using the Minerals, Locations and Counties "drop-down" lists. Just select an item from a drop-down list and you will be taken to that page. Also, the locations and counties are categorized into 5 different regions, so you can search for minerals and locations within a region of Colorado if you wish.

On the Locations pages (eg. the "Sweet Home Mine" location), there are pictures of the location (if available), some general info, a list of the most common minerals found there, links to field trip reports (if any), and references (e.g. books, magazines, etc). A green gem image next to a mineral's name means that there are one or more pictures of that mineral from that particular location. Just click on the gem's image to see the pictures. Or, click on the mineral's name itself to see pictures of that mineral from other locations around Colorado.

On the Minerals pages (eg. "Fluorite"), there are pictures of the mineral from one or more locations (if available), some general info, a list of locations where the mineral can be found, and links to those locations and their respective county. Click on a location's name to see that location's page, or click on a county's name to see other locations in that county.

On the Counties pages (eg. "Chaffee"), there are pictures (if available) of one or more of the locations in that county, a list of the locations in the county, and lists of the most common minerals from each of the locations. There may also be non-digging locations listed, such as the Georgetown Loop Railroad and Phoenix Mine in Clear Creek county.

I hope you like the website. If you have any feedback, I would love to hear it. If you have any info on any of the rockhounding sites in Colorado (whether they are already on the website or not) and would like it to be added to this website, please let me know. There is no way I can make this huge website work without information gathered from others. Much of the info on the website is from books that I've read and personal experiences, and I have referenced the books at the bottom of each location page. I will give the same kind of credit to individuals, magazines, etc that add to the website.

I invite everyone to stop by and have a little fun with it. This website is "the place to go" for Colorado rockhounding info on the Internet.


Bob Loeffler
Colorado, USA

From Bob Loeffler - May 06, 2004 at 17:24:47
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