Re: Rock hunting in illinois
Sorry about the lengthy delay in answering this question. I just stumbled across your post.
You might want to check out Marion, Kentucky. It is right across the Ohio River from southern Illinois. There is a free ferry that will cart you, your daughter and your vehicle back and forth from Cave-In-Rock to the Marion area.
There is a fantastic, world-class museum in Marion called the Ben E. Clement Mineral Museum. It houses an incredible display of fluorite specimens from the Illinois-Kentucky fluorospar district.
They sponsor fieldtrips once a month in the spring, summer and fall. For a small fee, you can dig (or surface collect) some very nice fluorite specimens.
Do an internet search for the museum. When you find their web site, click on the information about the digs they'll take you on. You'll see a schedule, and can decide which dates work best for you.
I highly recommend it. The last fieldtrip our club took there was just amazing.
From Steve Barr - January 02, 2008 at 08:05:58