Re: Texas area gem
I would join the local club in Austin (can find them from the list on this site). There are agates in west Texas (but not sure if this is closer than Arkansas). The quartz mines in Arkansas are about the same distance as the Crater of Diamonds and you are much more likely to have luck in finding things. The area around Austin does have a lot of fossils and there are areas that have minerals in them, but odds of finding things might be as bit on the low side.
From David Von Bargen - January 27, 2008 at 11:51:06