Southern Illinois became known for producing some of the world& 39;s finest fluorite specimens after the Minerva Mine was sunk in 1942, reaching a depth of 680 feet deep. In 1979 one of the biggest specimen producers, the Denton Mine, began operations, and in 1984 another great source, the Annabelle Lee Mine, opened, eventually reaching a depth of nearly 1,000 feet.
There were many mines in the Southern Illinois/Northern Kentucky area but 3 mines became very famous to Rockhounds due to the many forms of fluorite found there. The three best known mines are the Minerva Mine which was sunk in 1942 and is 680 feet deep. The Denton Mine is 640 feet deep and was put into operation in 1981 while the Anna Belle Lee
Illinois& 39; State Mineral. The General Assembly made fluorite the State Mineral in 1965, when flourspar mining was a multimillion- dollar-per-year industry in Illinois. Over the years, much more fluorite has been mined in Illinois than in any other state. The many uses for fluorite
Fluorspar is the Illinois state mineral. The American Fluorite museum is lo ed on the site of the Rosiclare Fluorspar and Mining Co., which was once the largest fluorspar mining company in the U.S. It features photographs, ore specimens, mining paraphernalia and colorful dioramas.
THE FLUORSPAR DEPOSITS OF SOUTHERN ILLINOIS. By H. FOSTER BAIN. INTRODUCTION. LOCATION. The fluorspar mines which are the subject of this report are in Pope and Hardin counties, in the extreme southern portion of Illinois. The principal mines are near Rosiclare, Elizabethtown, and Cave in
He is a good friend in southern Illinois that mines fluorite full time these days and he had told me a few months ago, that he would keep an eye out for quartz plates for me as well…I am a big fan of quartz as many know by now, and he has shown me several smaller chunks of it that he has found while fluorite mining.
Fluorite fluorspar mining got its start in Illinois in 1842. The mineral is usually referred to as fluorite, while the product that is mined is called fluorspar. It was used as a flux to help remove impurities while smelting metals like iron and aluminum. It also is used in products ranging from optical lenses to fluoride derived from ...
Posted in Eureka Mine Fluorite, Southern Illinois Blue Fluorite Blue Fluorite in Southern Illinois. Posted on December 7, 2016 by jwj. My apologies to all of those who have been watching for my story on my latest trip to Southern Illinois to dig blue fluorite a couple of weeks ago ...
Minerva No. 1 Mine, Cave-in-Rock, Illinois. The Minerva mine was lo ed in Illinois and is part of the Illinois/Kentucky fluorospar district. It was the largest orebody in that district. Discovered in 1940 it was mined off and on until 1996.