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Yonkers, New York
February 13, 2006
From journal Amethyst Mine Panorama
June 30, 2002
After paying a small admission fee, a staff member brought us outside and provided a short tour of the mine, which was discovered in 1955. Signs explain some of the exhibits along the mining operation, and large beautiful gemstones are displayed throughout the field.
After the tour, you will be handed pails and digging tools for mining your own gems. Simply walk over to the mounds of dirt where you will find amethysts galore. Collect those you wish to purchase and wash them in the basin provided near the gift shop entrance.
Psssst! Near the wash basin, look carefully at the amethysts that are displayed on two long tables and quickly select those you wish to buy before other people realize they are for sale, not museum pieces! We found some gorgeous pieces and put back most of what we had mined, preferring the quality, brilliance and formations of the best specimens found recently by the staff...same cost, $4 CAN per pound.
Inside the gift shop, amethyst jewelry–brooches, earrings and necklaces–pen sets, paperweights and polished pieces are for sale.
The mine is open daily from 10-5pm mid-May to mid-October. Travel 56 km (forty minutes) east from Thunder Bay on Highway 11/17. Signs will point you to east Loon Road.
From journal Wonderful Place, eh, Thunder Bay