very rare Calcite display specimen from Elmwood
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The Famous Elmwood Mine is located in Carthage,
Central Mining District in Smith County, Tennessee.
Nearby towns are Lebanon, Murfreesboro and
Hendersonville, Tennessee. The Elmwood Mine is a zinc
mine. The Zinc minerals were first discovered in 1967.
The first production started in 1975. At that time, some
excellent specimens of Calcite, Fluorite and Sphalerite
were obtained from the miners who worked the mines.
The mining company soon made exclusive arrangements
to sell specimens to several mineral dealers. The prices
for these specimens quickly soared. The mine shutdown
many years ago and specimens became more elusive
The mine was reopened in 2010 by Nyrstar Company who
reopened the 3 major zinc mines in the Carthage,
Tennessee area which includes the Elmwood,
Gordonsville and Cumberland mines. The Elmwood is
being operated through the Gordonsville #3 shaft and
incline. The first ore from the Elmwood was hoisted in
November 2010. The miners, we are told, have been
informed that anyone caught bringing out collector
specimens would be fired. The company has made no
arrangements to sell to mineral dealers and posts the site
as No Trespassing and does not allow collectors. So,
what had been a prolific source of fine calcite, fluorite and
sphalerite has now joined the ranks of classic localities
that are closed to collecting.