National Limestone Quarries, Middleburg, PA. July 14th
- July 14 2012 CDT 9:30 AM
- Field Trips
Important Note: The current owners of the mine, the Stahl brothers, are currently in negotiations to sell out and the likely new owners are not going to allow collecting. This may well be our last trip there.
1: What: This trip is owed to the courtesy of me, too. Yup.
2: When: Saturday, July 14th, 2012 at 09:30 (AM)
From US 15 south of Harrisburg, PA to National Limestone (you can figure out how to get to Harrisburg):
Take the PA-581 E/Harrisburg exit toward I-83/Hershey 0.2 mi
Merge onto PA-581 E 2.0 mi
Continue onto I-83 N 1.2 mi
Take exit 43 toward Capitol/2nd St 0.6 mi
Keep right at the fork, follow signs for I-83/I-81 154 ft
Turn right at Paxton St 0.3 mi
Turn left at S Cameron St 2.6 mi
Continue onto US-22 W 32.3 mi
Take the PA-333 exit toward Thompsontown/E Salem 0.3 mi
Turn right at PA-333 E 3.0 mi
Continue onto PA-235 N 0.7 mi
Turn left to stay on PA-235 N 2.8 mi
Turn right at PA-235 N/PA-35 N 0.2 mi
Take the 1st left onto PA-235 N 9.1 mi
Turn right at Beaver Ave/US-522 N
Continue to follow US-522 N 6.3 mi
Turn left at Royers Bridge Rd 0.9 mi
Continue onto Chestnut Hill Rd 0.7 mi
Turn right at Quarry Rd 46 ft
4: Who: Members of Mineral Clubs in the Eastern Federation – that's us, DC clubs, Shenandoah and Montgomery County clubs in this case. Got to be a member to get into privately owned quarries.
5: How: Car, boat, llama, whatever. Remember, it's about 3 hours or so drive time one way.
6: Why: Here's a list:
Budlite, Cacoxenite, Calcite, Celestine, Fluorite, Nightlite, Strontianite, Suburbanite, Wavellite
The quarry is perhaps best known for its Strontianite and Wavellite. Very nice when found. There are also fossils and bits of caves in the limestone rubble and usually great quantities of Calcite. Not to mention a smallish dose of fundamental Christianity. Actually.
Safety as per usual – see, well, below.
Steel-toed Boots - a requirement. In a quarry, everyone can hear you scream.
Safety Helmet - also a requirement. A skull sometimes needs to be fashionably armor clad.
Safety Goggles - also a requirement, too. See: screaming, above.
Heavy Work Gloves - also a requirement, too, as well. Protect all your dainty appendages.
Other Handy Objects - non-must-ish, but a good idea. Rock Chisels, Small Sledge Hammers, Large Sledge Hammers, Huge Unwieldy Sledge Monsters, Geologists Picks, Count Chocula Cereal, Heavy Plastic Containers (for large specimens), Egg Cartons (for small specimens), First Aid Kits, Snacks, Water, Plastic Sheeting (to protect the interior of your car) and formal evening wear, tuxes for the gents and flashy designer gowns for the ladies. Let's be the best dressed mud covered folks out there.
National Limestone Quarry
217 Quarry Rd, Mt. Pleasant MIlls 17853 , PA
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