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Bill Tompkins' Blog

Goble, Oregon USA

26th Jul 2009

I went crystal collecting today with John & Julie Siebel, who some of you might know from the rockhound e-mailing list. They were in town from Santa, Idaho and contacted me about some collecting trip possiblilities. We decided on Goble, Oregon.
We arrived in Goble around 9:30am and started at the Neer Road sites. The famous Neer Road pit is now posted No Trespassing, so we only spent a very few minutes there, actually across the road, collecting small cabinet and smaller sized pieces from the ditch. While we did not find anything great, we did find a few worth taking home. Zeolites such as chabazite, stilbite, thomsonite and druzy heulandite. Nothing over 1/2 inch crystals, but worth looking at with a scope at home.
Next, we went to the Goble Creek site for a few minutes, because it's right alongside highway 30 and kinda loud. John found the best piece, a handsized piece with chabazite on one side and stilbite and thomsonite on the other.
Next, we tried the Goble Quarry, aka Nicolai quarry because it's up Nicolai road from highway 30. We were told by the security guard there that his instructions were simple - NO ! And, he said, it's too bad because there are crystals all over the end where rockhounds want to collect and the quarry is not working up there. Oh, well. Lawyers !! And insurance agents !! We asked. They said no.
Next stop, the Jaquish roadcut. We collected for a while there, at several of the dumpsites for the red ash layer boulders that were pushed aside years ago during the blasting. We again found lots of zeolites, but this time some that were too small to I.D. in the field, so more scope work at home later. The dump at the corner of Jaquish Road and highway 30 is getting more difficult and could be considered worked out. We did better over by the railroad tracks.
Next and last stop, the Reuben Quarry behind the Jaquish roadcut. The gate was open !! So we drove in and went all the way to the far end and parked right beside some very productive boulders. We found calcites, along with stilbite, chabazite and thomsonite that were associated with native copper !! Cool. You could see the copper inside the calcites and the chabazites with a naked eye, and some native copper standing alone. Can't wait to look those pieces over with my scope.
All and all, a pretty nice field trip. No place new to me, but new friends made it seem new. We left about 2:30pm because it was in the 90's and there was no shade.

Bill Tompkins

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