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GUEST SPEAKER: Robert Jones - is a nationally and internationally renowned author and lecturer, having visited numerous localities and countries throughout the world in the pursuit of topics for his articles. Bob moved from Connecticut over 65 years ago to Scottsdale, Arizona to pursue his career as an elementary school science teacher. His first series of articles were on fluorescent minerals for Rocks & Minerals. He then moved to Rocks and Gems magazine where he is now senior editor, in addition to writing two articles per issue.
Bob has written several books and his articles number in the thousands, give or take. He has been involved in videos for What's Hot in Tucson. He is an inductee of the Rockhound Hall of Fame and the Mineralogical Society of Arizona Hall of Fame and a recipient of the Carnegie Mineralogical Award.
LECTURE TITLE: “The Bristol Copper Mine, Bristol, Connecticut."
In 1798 Theophilus Botsford investigated a stream in Bristol, Connecticut with greenish water that was killing plants. He ran a plow over the ground and opened a vein of "variegated" copper ore (chalcocite). The land was owned by Sarah Yale, a name you'll hear again in this talk.
From 1835 until 1859 the deposit was worked by groups for copper ore and proved to be the most important source of copper in the Northeast.
Copper from here helped establish the important brass industry and the famous clock industries of Connecticut as well as the sterling silver industry.
Many noted individuals were involved in the mine - Abel Yale, Charles Wheatley, Benjamin Silliman, and two other Yale professors Whitney and Woolsey. Eliphalet Nott, Union College, was involved as was Captain Williams who sank the Mine's first shaft.
The Bristol Copper Mine holds a couple of firsts - the first mine strike in the U.S., the first Catholic church service in the U.S. in the 1840s - remember the southwest was in Mexico then.
Chalcocite from here is world famous and rivals specimens from Cornwall, England. Bateman of Yale also proved Bristol chalocite was a primary mineral not secondary as had been believed.
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