The Mineral Room
At the Saguache County Museum
Room was entirely the work of the late Helen Ashley Anderson Kempner
of Bonanza. Helen was the daughter of a mining man who taught
her the joys of geology. She collected mineral samples
from all over the world and they are all here for you to
The first image above shows some of the rocks and
minerals collected by Helen Kempner.
The second image is of a
fossilized mammoth tooth found ten miles east of Saguache while
digging a water hole for cattle. These animals roamed the
boggy areas during the Ice Age 8,000 to 20,000 years ago. The
tooth is a gift to the museum from Alice Read and
Miners' paraphernalia rests on the windowsills and
hangs on the wall, some even on the floor. Shown above is an
old Silver Mold, used to hold molten silver when making bars.
Resting inside the mold are heavy iron balls once used to crush ore
in the Ball Mill at Sky City.
The fluorescent collection in the darkroom is one of
the special delights for visitors of all ages.
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