HANCOCK, Mich. (WLUC) – The Quincy Mine Hoist Association held its annual Rock Swap event Wednesday in front of the mine’s hoist building.
UP rocks and minerals of all kinds could be found on the tables of dozens of vendors, from native copper and silver to agates and gemstones. As the name suggests, stones could be traded for others or purchased from vendors.
“We have providers covering A to Z, whatever you need,” said Dale Hartmann, organizer of Rock Swap. “Any stone you want, we have it.”
Hartmann also noted how geologically unique UP is to have such a variety of formations.
“We have over 800 loads of basalt, so we’ve been heated over 800 times,” Hartmann continued. “And we have over 50 conglomerate loads, which means we’ve been underwater over 50 times, so we’re a very unique geological area.”
The money earned on the tables is donated to the Association for maintenance of the mining area and its activities, such as tours of the mine itself.
Another mineral-related event, the Gem and Mineral Show 2022, will be hosted by the Copper Country Rock and Mineral Club from Friday to Sunday this week. It will begin at 1 p.m. at Houghton Elementary School.
For more information on the show, click here.
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