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Herkimer Diamond Mines - Herkimer, NY
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member mTn_biKer65
N 43° 07.822 W 074° 58.535
18T E 501986 N 4775291
Quick Description: Herkimer Diamond Mines is located North of Herkimer, NY at 4601 State Route 28.
Location: New York, United States
Date Posted: 8/23/2013 11:29:18 AM
Waymark Code: WMHXD8
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Neos2
Views: 4

Long Description:
World Famous Herkimer Diamonds are beautiful double-terminated quartz crystals found in Herkimer, NY USA. Incredibly, these phenomenal gemstones are close to five hundred million years old. The crystals found in the bedrock have a “natural diamond-like geometrical shape”. Thus, the name recognition of “Herkimer Diamonds”.

Prospecting Admission Rates:
* $11.00 per person for ages 13 and up
* $9.00 per person for ages 5 to 12
* Free for children 4 and under

Your Admission Includes:
An all day prospecting wristband ticket, use of a rock hammer, all day museum entrance, zip lock bags, and mining information. (Goggles can be purchased.)

Keep everything you find! ~

The Herkimer Diamond Mines Prospecting Hours:

April 15th through Oct. 31st: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm daily

What Should We Bring?
We suggest that you come prepared with safety eye wear, gloves and closed toe shoes. You may also bring any additional equipment that you find necessary, such as chisels, screens, small shovels, buckets, and other hammers (up to a 12 lb sledge). We recommend to dress for the weather and bring sunscreen if necessary.

What are the collection methods?
The collecting methods range from casually looking along the prospecting area, digging through the rubble energetically, using crowbars, sledgehammers and heavy chisels. The most popular tools are a 2 to 3 lb crack hammer and a bull point chisel. The most popular method of prospecting for loose Herkimer Diamonds is by breaking them out of a single rock.

Can you be of any age to prospect?
We welcome miners of all ages, but we request that children under the age of 16 be accompanied by an adult in order to keep your experience enjoyable and safe.

Can we keep everything we find?
YES !!
Fossils: yes

Gems: yes

Meteorites: no

Minerals: yes

Rock Types:
double-terminated quartz crystals,


Admission price: 11.00 (listed in local currency)

Hours of Operation: From: 9:00 AM To: 6:00 PM

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