Re: Help with location of CA agate beds
I believe the Mojave Blue agate is on a private claim that has not been mined for quite some time. It is supposed to be located in the Tehachapi Mountains (just west of Johannesburg) at an elevation of 7000 feet. The claim holder used to advertise in Lapidary Journal years ago, and I think "Mojave Blue" may be a registered trademark. The ebay seller "Woodsicle" sold some small chunks a few years back--you might try getting in touch with him to see if he can direct you to the claim holder. In his Ebay auctions, Paul Wood said that the agate occurs in veins in a tough basalt, and is very difficult to extract, even with heavy equipment.
I have also seen the name "Mojave Blue" used to refer to the Lead Pipe Springs blue agate thundereggs, but that locality has been part of the China Lake military reserve for many years now (meaning no collecting allowed!).
There may well be other agate beds near Johannesburg that are on public land. The Benchmark Maps Road Atlases have maps that show what land is public, and who it is administered by. Should be a good place to start.
From Mark Hurry - March 22, 2008 at 10:25:51