Miner Swinging His Pick Axe

Jane Neill-Hancock

Wayne, United States

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This statue stands in front of the Franklin Mineral Museum in Franklin, New Jersey, USA.

Franklin is a borough in Sussex County, New Jersey, United States. Franklin is known as the “Fluorescent Mineral Capital of the World,” and is located over a rich ore body containing more than 150 minerals, many of them fluorescent and 25 of which are found nowhere else on earth.

Settled in the 17th century, the village known as Franklin Furnace after Benjamin Franklin, developed near iron mines and iron smelting operations located along the Wallkill River. In the early 19th century, zinc deposits in the area began to be developed commercially. For most of the century many small companies mined zinc and iron in the Franklin area. In 1897 all zinc mining efforts merged into the New Jersey Zinc Company. The Zinc company was a major controlling factor in the development of Franklin. Immigrants from Russia, Britain, Hungary and Poland joined the work force at the mine.

The Franklin Mineral Museum is a geology and mining museum located at the former Franklin Mine. The mine was active from 1898 until the mid 1950s It became a museum on June 2, 1964. It has a large collection of minerals as well as a simulated mine, and Native American artifacts. Visitors are allowed to collect mineral specimens in the Buckwheat dumps which are located behind the museum.

this is one of my favorite places to visit and has been since I was a child.

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