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Booth's Mine (Booth's Bismuth Mine; Booth-Hurd's Bismuth Mine), Monroe, Fairfield Co., Connecticut, USA
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Latitude: 41°20'N
Longitude: 73°12'W
One of four small mines worked by the Lane family from the mid-19th century and famous for native bismuth. The other three mines are Lane’s Copper Mine (Fan Hill Road - also in Monroe) (http://www.mindat.org/loc-234050.html), Lanes' (Lead and Silver) Mine (Elm Street - also in Monroe) http://www.mindat.org/loc-14012.html, and Lane’s Mine of Trumbull (http://www.mindat.org/loc-23342.html).

Coffey (1974) states:

"'In October, 1849, Ephraim Lane leased from Arnold Hurd eight acres of land off Barn Hill Road across from the Gray-Hurd homestead (20 Barn Hill Rd.) for “the coal ores, fossils, minerals and rocks containing mineral substances…together with the right of digging, boring, blasting, mining and excavating.'

This mine was reopened in the 1890’s and was again in operation in the 1920’s. It most often was called Booth-Hurd’s Bismuth Mine. Bismuth was found to occur there in a free state in quantities, as was barylium [sic]."

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Dana, Edward S. (1892): System of Mineralogy, 6th. Edition, New York.

Crowley, William Patrick. (1968): The Bedrock Geology of the Long Hill and Bridgeport Quadrangles, with maps. State Geologic and Natural History Survey of Connecticut, Quadrangle Report 24. p. 11.

Ryerson, Kathleen (1972), Rock Hounds Guide to Connecticut. Pequot Press.

Coffey, Edward Nichols. (1974): A Glimpse of Old Monroe. The Monroe Sesquicentennial Commission; The Bacon Printing Co., Derby, Conn. pp.34-37 & 93.

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