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U.S. Geode Sites

Posted by Andy  
U.S. Geode Sites
December 15, 2005 09:50PM
What are some good geodes sites accross the U.S. List as many as you can think of.
Re: U.S. Geode Sites
December 15, 2005 10:57PM
I already know about the Keokuk, Iowa/Missouri, Dugway, and Richardson's Ranch (Thundereggs) sites. These are the most famous in the U.S. What are some other geode collecting sites?
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December 16, 2005 05:49PM
Hall's Gap KY, King's Mt KY, Georgetown OH, South west lower MI gravel pits...to name a few, I'm pretty sure geodes are found in all but two or three states in one form or another...

Hope this helps
Steve Eshbaugh
Re: U.S. Geode Sites
December 16, 2005 07:34PM
The Hauser Geode Beds have produced a number of nice geodes. It's located west of Blythe off I-10 in Ca.
Re: U.S. Geode Sites
December 16, 2005 11:01PM
Also, heard of the Hauser Geode Beds, Hall's Gap,KY, Indiana, and Dale Hollow, Tennessee. Been looking all over the internet for Hauser Geodes that are for sale. Anybody know where you can buy them. If not, might have to get there sometime and collect.
Pete Xander
Re: U.S. Geode Sites
December 17, 2005 02:57AM
To be honest, most Hauser Bed "geodes" are actually nodules. Since the site has had extensive digging for decades, it is not the best site, although the immediate region has a number of identified and not-so-identified locations -- the Straw Bed, the Cinnamon Bed, the Potato Patch to name a few. Checking the Yahoo Groups site "LA-Rocks" will result in extensive posts, as well as a couple with specific and better directions.

For looking for geode sites throughout the U. S., there is a web site that attempts to identify most of the major rock and mineral collecting areas. Again, local contacts/local info will reveal whether any of these sites are tapped out or are still worth the effort. The link is [www.missourigeologists.org].

Happy hunting! In my opinion, even a somewhat fruitless rock or mineral search still gets you out in nature and into some great scenery. Then there's the exercise from digging . . . .
Pete Xander
Re: U.S. Geode Sites
December 17, 2005 02:59AM
OK . . . let me see if I can translate the link so that one can access it. The link has the http thing, the www thing, then missourigeologists dot org, then slash, then finishes off with Min-Loc1 dot pdf.

Hope THAT makes it through the Mindat cyberspace innards. If not, then e-mail me at my e-mail address and I can send it to you.
Re: U.S. Geode Sites
December 17, 2005 02:09PM
Thanks for the link-
Do you know of any place where you can buy geodes from any of those geode beds in california? Have not seen michigan geodes nor ohio geodes for sale either. Seen the hall's gap and the illinois geodes for sale on ebay and maybe a couple websites. Also the Dale Hollow,TN geodes I have seen for sale.
Re: U.S. Geode Sites
December 26, 2005 08:27PM
Wow; that would make a heckova book. We have many sites here in WA with great quartz geodes; Walker Valley, Redtop Mt., Little Naches and on . . .

Might be easier to list the areas where you can't find them.
Stephen Eshbaugh
Re: U.S. Geode Sites
December 28, 2005 08:22PM
Speaking of geodes- Does anyone know of an area where millerite was found in geodes? I heard they found an area where they were found but have yet to see a picture of these. If they DO exist- is the location on private property or Gov property?


Re: U.S. Geode Sites
December 28, 2005 08:46PM
A good area for geodes is in the Rockhound State Park just south of Deming NM. The local chamber of commerce has maps, you can camp at the park. It is a long walk up to the geode area, but some beautys have been found. If you want geodes in the US from Mexico, and want to buy, Gem Center USA in El Paso owns many claims in Mexico and sells geodes in large quantity from all over Mexico at a reasonable price. They have a website and a toll free number, 877-533-7153
avatar Re: U.S. Geode Sites
December 28, 2005 09:13PM
The Hall's Gap Kentucky locality is a classic one for millerite in geodes.
Re: U.S. Geode Sites
December 30, 2005 06:15PM

One of my favorite reads :~)
avatar Re: U.S. Geode Sites
December 30, 2005 10:39PM
Thanks for the link Dave. Love the strontianite!
Re: U.S. Geode Sites
January 02, 2006 11:04PM
Where can you find those geodized brachopoids for sale? Interesting!
Re: U.S. Geode Sites
January 21, 2006 01:26PM
Are the geodes in the link the same as the "puff" geodes from Indiana?
Henry Barwood
Re: U.S. Geode Sites
January 21, 2006 04:08PM
Two comments about geodes. Responses have blurred the line between geodes that form in sedimentary formations, and geodes that form in volcanic terrains. The sediment hosted geodes are completely different, and contain a distinct suite of minerals. Geodes such as "coconut" type geodes have mineralization derived from igneous activity and would never be confused with typical midwestern geodes.

For those who are interested, my son has posted detailed field trip reports on several Indiana geode locations at his MineralCollecting web pages. Look under Locality References and you will find them. Sorry I can't post the URL, but I seem to be blocked on this site.

Re: U.S. Geode Sites
January 22, 2006 01:15PM
Does anybody know of collecting sites in the appalachian mountain region or in the eastern U.S? I have not heard of any geodes found in the eastern us. Just the midwestern geodes and the ones found in california, oregon, nevada, utah, new mexico, which are mostly thundereggs which have an volcanic origin. The dugway geodes of utah are actually both sedimentary and volcanic. Mexico also has the coconut geodes or also called las choyas geodes.
Henry Barwood
Re: U.S. Geode Sites
January 22, 2006 04:38PM
Middle Missippian outcrops from Illinois to Alabama contain geodes. While the outcrop belt in Indiana is probably best known, notable locations exist in Kentucky, Tennessee and northern Alabama.

Henry Barwood
Re: U.S. Geode Sites
January 22, 2006 08:04PM
Are there any places farther east to collect geodes? Like in the appalachian mountains? I know about those localities and they are more in the midwest than the east, and I think the tennessee and kentucky ones are just like the indiana ones.

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