Revised October 23 , 2010
Time period  Jan 2006:  The upcoming  January 14 " INSANE CLOWN POSSE " machine dig :  This will break yet another record when it
comes to  GEORGIA specimen mining , as the 100,000 pound Cat 345   " supersedes"   my past work with the 70,000 pound VOLVO
that I have used twice at jxr and a few times at Ivey Farm .  I asked Don to take a picture of the huge SUPER CAT with Marie Aldridge
standing between the tracks and bucket , with the huge dipper stick and boom looming high overhead , to give a perspective and idea of
just how big this machine is.  Look close and you'll see Marie by the machine by the tracks . Not only is it tall , it is 12 foot wide and solid
steel..............a hundred thousand pounds !   It took a special d.o.t. permit to move this machine on the highway.    
Jan.04  Robert Kyle and Jim Olson visited JXR and paid $25 each to dig. Since there
is a fantastic new area that folks can get into the big front hole, the collecting has
been great . jim and Robert hit it big time yesterday and here is a A letter from James
R ( Jim ) Olson : :      Hi Rodney - Robert and I had a great time digging Wednesday
is a fantastic new area that folks can get into the big front hole, the collecting has
were smoky to light purple in the first hour of digging. About 9:00am Robert opened
up a pocket of amazing amethyst crystals. Not the super dark purple but good strong
up a pocket of amazing amethyst crystals. Not the super dark purple but good strong
purple amethyst and great  crystal shapes. Single double terminated  amethyst
purple amethyst and great  crystal shapes. Single double terminated  amethyst
crystals, double terminated amethyst crystals and clusters. Your "Double Mojo"
crystals, double terminated amethyst crystals and clusters. Your "Double Mojo"
digging bars are a must have for digging in the hole. I don't think we could have
worked that pocket without them. I have given a light cleaning to two of the amethyst  
crystals out of the thirty or so so that I found. Here are pictures of what I believe to
be the best two. I should have my website updated with the rest of the crystals as
well as Roberts finds by Sunday. Thanks again for allowing us to dig!--Jim Olson
Jackson's Crossroads amethyst
faceted stones that belong to Joe Ellis
( Below )
Click pictures above
and below that show
my digs during the Jan
2006 time period
Pictured at left is a beryl crystal that
someone claimed to have found at the
hogg mine when I first re-opened it in
summer of 2005.  It looks like pakistan
aquamarine to me.   No other crystals
like this have been reported in recent
times as being found.
Pictured at left is a large quartz crystal
specimen from one of my  machine
digs.