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PhotosDillsburg Iron Mines

11th Sep 2019 02:40 BSTStuart Herring

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These specimens are most likely from one of the Dillsburg Iron Mines located east of Dillsburg near Ore Bank Rd. I don't know why they are not on mindat! Perhaps I need to step across
 the border again (I'm in Maryland).

11th Sep 2019 12:30 BSTMark Heintzelman Expert

No reason other than a low priority . . . a forgotten mining district and rather poor specimen producing locality, known only for the occasional micros of green datolite and the pink fine grained muscovite, long mistaken for Montmorillonite.    Although the deposit was distinct from the other countless unnamed bog ore deposits in this region, it's exploitation often had little more central planing effort than those deposits.  Despite having eventually produce a fairly sizable sum total of ore by the end of these operations, no furnace was even erected for processing there.  All the ore was carted off to various operating furnace along the susquehanna valley which had been serving these various farmers field bog ore deposits.

By all means, feel free to add this . . .
Muscovite with Magnetite and Orhoclase on Tactite (Dillsburg Iron Mines, Carroll, York Co., PA) Ex. Don Schmerling collection. 3 3/4" by 2" by 1 1/2"

11th Sep 2019 21:12 BSTStuart Herring

York County does need updating. Low priority? Plenty of references available! Not all the iron mining was bog iron! 

11th Sep 2019 22:38 BSTRalph Bottrill Manager

It’s not about quantity or quality of collectable specimens at a location; we aim to add all mines, prospects and significant mineral occurrences, and these mines certainly seem significant, so please add them.

12th Sep 2019 13:59 BSTMark Heintzelman Expert

I don't know why they are not on mindat!
I am sorry,  I mistook this as an actual question that merited a response, rather than the rhetorical question that it was apparently intended to be. 

If you are in fact literally offended that no one has yet taken the time to add this locality to the database, then I  suggest you channel the energy into solving the problem.  If you don't have the access privileges to do so yourself, then make it clear that you're requesting someone make this addition for you.

Again, sorry for the confusion. 

PS: I can likely put off some things this Sunday morning to address it, if you are making a request for addition.

12th Sep 2019 20:57 BSTStuart Herring

Yes it was rhetorical lol! Not offended... I am in the process of reviewing references. I intend to add them today and tomorrow. 
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