Fort Drum Crystal Mine (Rucks Pit) - Fort Drum, FL
N 27° 30.962 W 080° 45.698
17R E 523540 N 3043615
Quick Description: The Fort Drum Crystal Mine (aka Rucks Pit) is located in Fort Drum, Florida, USA. Although the "Pit" itself is closed, there are rock piles all around that provide excellent rock-hounding opportunities.
Location: Florida, United States
Date Posted: 6/20/2008 2:50:12 PM
Waymark Code: WM40X6
From the Rockhounding Florida
website: "Ruck’s Pit (Fort Drum Crystal Mine) is located in Fort Drum Florida. This is the only location where you can find calcified marine clam shells in the world! Unfortunately, the pit itself is now closed to public collecting. However, Eddie Rucks still brings up piles of material to dig through and some excellent clams can still be found. Ruck’s is open 7 days a week from 8am to 5pm and the fee is $30 per person per day. There is also a limit of one 5-gallon bucket and one matrix piece per person. Make sure you contact Eddie Rucks at 813-634-4579 to make sure he will be there to open the gate for you."
Some nice photos of previous finds at Rucks Pit are available on the internet (visit link)
The Rockhounding Florida website identifies the following items to bring with you:
- Old Clothes (this is very important because you will get wet and dirty even with the water hoses supplied to wash down the rocks)
- Rock Pick
- Pry Bar
- Safety Glasses
- Newspaper for wrapping specimens