Go Mining! Purchase sapphire gravel to 'mine'
sapphires from the comfort of your own home. Makes a great gift idea!
Does EVERYONE find sapphires?...
Dear Russ and Deb Thompson,
"Hello, this is Deana. My husband Clay, my girls and my obnoxious dog as
well as myself were there this past Monday and Tuesday. I just thought I'd
drop you a brief line to let you know that we found 20 sapphires totaling
38 carats, many of them 2 carats and over. We had a great time! I really
enjoyed myself. Thanks you." Deana
Q.Can you recommend a place to stay?
A. You can contact the state commerce department 1-800-visitmt or go to their link on our site at www.sapphiremine.com and request an accomodations guide and travel brochures. Helena, the state capitol, is a ten mile drive. Also check Helena Chamber of Commerce (1-406-442-4120). You have choices of motels, bed and breakfast, forest service cabins (US government in the phone book-1-406-449-5490) or campgrounds within 3 miles of the sapphire mine (state-Devil's Elbow, Clark's Bay; federal-Vigilante Campground, private-Lincoln Road RV, Helena Campground or Kim's Marina).
Q. I read that the mine opens on April 1st, what's the best time of the year to go?
A. The Spokane Bar Sapphire Mine is open year around but the digging is no fun if the ground is still frozen. April can be iffy - so call for weather updates. You can see local temperature and forecasts on the local newspaper: www.helenair.com. Heaven in Montana starts after the 4th of July and continues through September. View photos of the mine (winter months vs. summer) under "Newsletters" or order sapphire gravel to mine at home at www.sapphiremine.com
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there is no 'bar' at the Spokane Bar Sapphire
However, the mine does actually exist. This
quaint turn of the century mine sits on the banks
of Hauser Lake as the Missouri River flows in
'Big Sky Country' - Helena, Montana. Visitors
come through the mine digging through the gravel
looking for sapphires every day.
those of you who can't make it to Montana,
the sapphire mine transports sapphire gravel
via UPS across the world. We will dig,
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Sapphires The Spokane gravel bar, on the banks of
Hauser Lake, was named by geologists mapping the Missouri River area in the
early 1900's. This gravel bar is the location of an exciting
sapphire strike along the Missouri River.
Hauser Lake was named after Samuel T.
Hauser, one of Montana's Territorial Governors. Hauser played a
significant role in Spokane Bar's mining history. Governor Hauser
and his three partners worked the gravel bar for gold. Heavy stones
plugged the sluice boxes. The puzzled miners sent the samples to
England where they were identified as sapphires and termed valueless.
Heaps of boulders, barren bentonite
hills and gullies filled with buffalo berry brush lure gold fevered visitors
into the mystique of the past. Now overgrown with pine trees, juniper
and brush, this historic site is a haven for wildlife and present-day
miners. Today's visitors can see remnants of ditches that hint of a
complex water system that carried water from a source ten miles away.
Today, you can find sapphires in
every color at the Spokane Bar Sapphire Mine. The natural
Sapphire crystal structure is hexagon with triangle terminations
which are often flat. The most commonly found color is green-blue.
Blue sapphire is the best known color. Ruby is a red sapphire
which is one of the most prized.
Sapphires from 1/2 carat up to 10
carats are fairly common. The largest known sapphire from
the Spokane Bar was 155 carats, found by a man from Idaho.
Other finds, though uncommon, are diamond, topaz, citrine, and ruby.
Garnets of several varieties can be found; the largest on
record weighed 40 carats. The largest gem quality sapphire
was 50 carats.....................so far....!
Order your bucket of sapphire gravel
today! It makes a great gift.
Spokane Bar Sapphire Mine and Gold Fever Rock Shop
5360 Castles Road
Helena, MT 59602
1-877-DIGGEMS (Toll Free) 406-227-8989 (Local)