The Bear Mountain Trailside Museum

Bear Mountain is the most famous mountain in the New York City vicinity. Jutting up from sea level at the Hudson River with a myriad of hiking trails, this location has been an important scenic destination for over a hundred years. Bear Mountain State Park encompasses Bear Mountain and the surrounding highlands and contains many tourist-friendly attractions including a scenic lake, observation tower, skating rink, carousel, pool, and an historic inn. It also hosts seasonal events such as the weekly antique car show throughout the summer and Oktoberfest in the fall. 


One of Bear Mountain's main attractions is the zoo. While very small when compared to most zoos, its collection is exclusively limited to local animals of the region. The zoo is also unique for its natural and woodsy feel, as well as pretty scenery and good views. Located within the zoo are several museum rooms containing historical artifacts and natural history items. One of these museums is the geology museum. The geology museum is located directly behind the Bear Mountain Bridge, and is housed in a musty one room stone structure that is easily missed. 


This geology museum contains a small representation of local minerals from the Hudson Highland / Ramapo Mountains region of New York. The local rock in the vicinity of the Museum is Precambrian metamorphic rock, with gneiss, granites, and some localized skarns and marbles. The mineralogy of the region is somewhat similar to the St. Lawrence County region of upstate New York and the Grenville Province of Canada. 


This region was also home to a booming iron mining industry, with a large number of abandoned iron mines dating back to the 1700 and 1800's. Some of the better-known mines include the Forest of Dean, Hasenclever, Hogencamp, Pine Swamp, Greenwood, O'neal, and Sterling Mines. All these mines are long abandoned and overgrown, though many are still accessible within state parks along hiking trails. 


Not much in terms of mineral specimens was ever recovered from these mines. The iron ore was mostly Magnetite, but in massive or crudely crystallized form. These mines only occasionally produced collector specimens, though other locations such as road cuts and dams produced several more specimen findings. Aside from Magnetite, other minerals include Diopside, Scapolite, Hornblende (including the rare Potassic-fluoro-hastingsite which is not found anywhere else in the world), Graphite, Biotite (including very large books), and Pyrhottite.

 

While the museum's collection of local minerals is fairly small, it is an interesting collection whose likes are rarely represented in collections. The exhibits are definitely old and dated, but they are nevertheless worthwhile for a visit. If you are visiting New York, definitely make a visit to Bear Mountain to enjoy the scenery and the zoo, and don't miss this little museum within the zoo.


Here are some of the individual minerals in the exhibitClick the pictures below for a larger version pop-up.

 

Anthony's Nose and the Bear Mountain Bridge from the Zoo View of Anthony's Nose and the Bear Mountain Bridge from the Zoo


Geology Museum at the Bear Mountain Zoo Geology Museum at the Bear Mountain Zoo


Mineral Exhibit of Minerals of the Bear Mountain Area Mineral Exhibit of Minerals of the Bear Mountain Area


Giant Mastodon Skull Found in the Vicinity Giant Mastodon Skull Found in the Vicinity


Calcite & Diopside Route 6 Woodbury NY Salmon Calcite & Diopside, Route 6, Woodbury, Orange Co, NY


Diopside Brooks Hollow Woodbury NY Diopside Crystal Cluster, Brooks Hollow, Woodbury, Orange Co, NY


Meionite Route 6 Woodbury NY Meionite Crystal, Route 6, Woodbury, Orange Co, NY


Meionite Bear Mountain Stony Point NY Meionite Crystal, Bear Mountain, Stony Point, Rockland Co, NY


Quartz on Calcite Anthony's Nose Cortlandt NY Quartz on Calcite, Anthony's Nose, Cortlandt, Westchester Co, NY


Analcime Dirubbo Quarry Peekskill Westchester Co NY Analcime, Dirubbo Quarry, Peekskill, Westchester Co, NY


Calcite Tompkins Cove, Stony Point, NY Calcite, Tompkins Cove, Stony Point, Rockland Co, NY


Meionite Iona Island Stony Point NY Crude Meionite Crystal, Iona Island, Stony Point, Rockland Co, NY


Hedenbergite Crystals Iona Island Stony Point NY Hedenbergite Crystal Cluster, Iona Island, Stony Point, Rockland Co, NY


Pyrrhotite Route 6 Woodbury NY Pyrrhotite Crystal Mass, Route 6, Woodbury, Orange Co, NY


Large Feldspar Crystal Bear Mountain Stony Point NY Feldspar crystal (probably Microcline), Bear Mountain, Stony Point, Rockland Co, NY


Graphite Bear Mountain Stony Point NY Graphite Flaky Mass, Bear Mountain, Stony Point, Rockland Co, NY


Biotite Mica Beechy Bottom Stony Point NY Large Biotite mica Book, Beechy Bottom, Stony Point, Rockland Co, NY


Calcite West Nyack New York Spiky Calcite Crystal Cluster, West Nyack, Rockland Co, NY
(Only the photo of this is in the museum, not the actual specimen)


Magnetite Monroe New York Octahedral Magnetite Crystals, Monroe, Orange Co, NY
(Only the photo of this is in the museum, not the actual specimen)


New Sulfide Minerals Added

We have been working on finishing the sulfide group of minerals (and sulfosalts sub-group) so that all the important ones are indexed with detailed information and pictures. While there are always more to add, all the standard and important members are now indexed in our database.

Here are the recent sulfide minerals added:

We will now commence with the oxides and add the important ones that are missing, as well as refresh the existing content and add new pictures to them.



Royal Ontario Museum Visit

I had the opportunity to visit the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) in Toronto this past March. Adam Teller and Eli Frommer, both Minerals.net enthusiasts from New York, joined me on this trip. The ROM is Canada's premier natural history museum, and it has an extensive mineral and gemstone hall containing many exceptional pieces. Some individual minerals and gemstones in the collection are highly renowned. Anyone in the vicinity of Toronto should definitely pay a visit to this museum.

The mineral hall occupies a large room with high ceilings, and the appearance of the room and displays show that it was recently renovated with modern display units and excellent lighting. A large focus of the museum exhibits is naturally the minerals of Canada. However, there are also plenty of other minerals and exhibits to be seen at this museum. For this new particular news post, I focused primarily on the minerals of Canada, though a few other interesting photos managed to get in as well. The museum has a dazzling collection from several important Canadian localities, including the Jefferey Quarry in Asbestos, Mont Saint Hilaire, the Cobalt District, and the Rapid Creek area.

The museum also hosts a gem hall adjacent to the mineral hall, which contains collections of rough and cut gemstones, as well as other interesting displays such as Gold.

The museum has most of the minerals on display labeled with a number. There are touch screen tablets by each large case which allow one to navigate and read all about each mineral in detail based on its associated number. This new-age concept with a tablet touch screen for detailed information is a great usage of modern technology for a mineral and gemstone exhibit. However, it disturbed me how many of these these touch tablets were disabled and rendered useless. In fact, there were more non-functioning units than functioning ones! Further, the basic locality should also have been shown together with a mineral on display, so that you can see this information without the need to look it up.


I subsequently discussed the above matter with Katherine Dunnell, the Mineralogy & Geology Technician at the museum, who informed me that they are upgrading the entire digital kiosk system this coming month. This will be a great improvement for research, and I am looking forward to seeing this enhancement on my next visit to the museum.

Below are some handpicked photos of some of the fascinating display cases in the ROM. Click the pictures below for a larger version pop-up.

 

Franklin NJ Mineral Show 2015 Adam Teller, Hershel Friedman, and Eli Frommer in Front of the Uniquely-Styled ROM Entrance


ROM Mineral Hall The ROM Mineral Hall


ROM Mineral Hall Copper Keweenaw Michigan
Eli and Adam Posing by a Huge Michigan Copper from the Keweenaw Peninsula


ROM Mineral Hall Bizarre "Gogotte" Sandstone Formation from Chartes Eure-et-Loir, France


ROM Mineral Hall Huge Polished Slab of Serpentine from Montville, New Jersey


ROM Mineral Hall Large Mass of Radiating Schorl Tourmaline from the Sceptre Claims, Emerald Lake, Yukon Territory


Grossular Garnet from the Jeffrey Quarry, Asbestos
Head-Sized Plate of Gemmy Orange Grossular Garnet from the Jeffrey Quarry, Asbestos, Quebec


ROM Diopside Crystals Jeffrey Quarry, Asbestos
Very Large Plate of Diopside with Other Smaller Diopside Crystals on the Side from the Jeffrey Quarry, Asbestos, Quebec


ROM Mineral Hall Prehnite Jeffrey Quarry, Asbestos
Crystal Cluster of Prehnite in a very Unique Formation of Thick Blocky Crystals from the Jeffrey Quarry, Asbestos, Quebec


ROM Mineral Hall Prehnite Jeffrey Quarry, Asbestos
Orange-Yellow Prehnite Crystals in Interesting Aggregates from the Jeffrey Quarry, Asbestos, Quebec


Vesuvianite Jeffrey Quarry, Asbestos
Vesuvianite Crystals from the Jeffrey Quarry, Asbestos, Quebec


ROM Phosphates from Rapid Creek Yukon Territory
Phosphates from the Rapid Creek Area in the Yukon Territory


ROM Silver Mass Cobalt Mining District Ontario
Giant Silver Mass from the Cobalt Mining District in Ontario


ROM Safflorite Skutterudite Cobalt Mining District Ontario
Safflorite and Skutterudite from the Cobalt Mining District in Ontario


ROM Analcime from Mont Saint Hilaire, Quebec
A Giant Grapefruit-Sized Crystal of Analcime from Mont Saint Hilaire, Quebec


ROM Serandite Crystals Mont Saint Hilaire Quebec
Beautiful Serandite Crystals from Mont Saint Hilaire, Quebec


ROM Crystals Mont Saint Hilaire Quebec
Various Colorful Crystals from Mont Saint Hilaire, Quebec


RROM Serandite Crystals Mont Saint Hilaire Quebec
Beautiful Twinned Serandite Crystal from Mont Saint Hilaire, Quebec


ROM Diopside & Corundum Grenville Province Canada
Diopside Crystal Clustes from Birds Creek, Bancroft, Ontario
Elongated Corundum Crystal from the Gutz Farm, Renfrew Co., Ontario 


ROM Green Fluorite
Deep Green Fluorite from Madoc, Hastings Co., Ontario.
This is Probably the Best Fluorite I have ever seen from Canada!


ROM Apatite Crystals Yates Mine, Otter Lake, Quebec
Exceptional Apatite Crystals Protruding from Calcite Matrix
From the Liscomb Occurrence, Wilberforce, Ontario 


Molybdenite Moly Hill, Quebec
Large Molybdenite from Moly Hill, Quebec


Star Sapphire from Sri Lanka ROM
Star Sapphire from Sri Lanka


ROM Gems Light Effect
Case of Various Gemstones Displaying Asterism and Chatoyancy


ROM Gems Tourmaline Cat's Eye
Tourmaline Cat's Eye; Locality Unknown


Gold Mine McIntyre, Timmins, Ontario
Large Gold from Mine McIntyre, Timmins, Ontario


ROM Gems Tourmaline Cat's Eye
Canadian Gold - Left to Right:
Crosus Mine, Matheson, Ontario
Sachigo River Mine, Sachigo River, Ontario
Hoyle Pond Mine, Timmins, Ontario


Gold in Matrix Picture Rock from Mine d'or O'Brien, Cadillac, Quebec
Gold in Matrix ("Picture Rock") from Mine d'or O'Brien, Cadillac, Quebec


ROM MuseumCut Cerussite gem, 896 cararts, from Tsumeb, Namibia
Cut Cerussite gem, 896 carats, from Tsumeb, Namibia
This is the world's largest cut Cerussite Gemstone, and an Iconic ROM Object
Cerussite is an extremely lustrous gemstone with amazing internal fire, greater than Diamond


Massive Biotite Mica
Mass of Biotite Mica with Adam and Eli for Perspective
From the Purdy Mine, Eau Claire Station, Ontario


Minerals.net at the ROM Museum
Minerals.net Delegation at the ROM Museum. Left to Right:
Adam Teller, Hershel Friedman, Eli Frommer


The Franklin, NJ Spring Show 2015

Franklin, New Jersey, hosts two mineral shows every year: one in the spring and one in the fall. This show, along with the Clifton N.J. show, is the best show to get local material and meet local dealers. This show also has nice interesting fluorescent minerals to view and buy cases as well as public exhibits put together by local collectors. I was somewhat surprised by the lower attendance this year and the amount of dealers not present compared to previous years. As always, though, I was able to find some nice bargains at this show.


The show took place on April 27-18, 2015. Images of some the public exhibits and minerals from the exhibits can be seen below. (Click the pictures for a larger pop-up.)

 

The NY/NJ 2015 Gem & Mineral Show: Stan Parker Exhibit

Stan Parker had an outstanding display case of N.J Traprock minerals. Aside from a great selection and great color, he had detailed labels, and had given much thought to the layout of the case. This was by far the best exhibit showcase at the show.


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Prehnite from Lower New Street Quarry, Paterson, NJ
Prehnite Casts, Lower New Street Quarry, Paterson, NJ
Ex Ed David Collection


Golden Calcite Crystal, Prospect Park, NJ
Golden Calcite Crystal, Prospect Park, NJ
Ex Hobart Jones, Ex Eric Stanchich


Prehnite from  Prospect Park, NJ
Large Prehnite Plate, Prospect Park, NJ
Ex Hobart Jones, Ex Eric Stanchich


Pectolite, Prehnite, and Chalcopyrite Geode, Millington, NJ
Pectolite, Prehnite, and Chalcopyrite Geode, Millington, NJ
Ex Robert Batic, Ex Eric Stanchich


Bright Red Heulandite, Prospect Park, NJ Stan Parker
Bright Red Heulandite, Prospect Park, NJ
Ex Eric Stanchich


Prehnite Pseudomorphs, Lower New Street Quarry, Paterson, NJ Stan Parker
Prehnite Pseudomorphs, Lower New Street Quarry, Paterson, NJ
Ex Eric Stanchich


Hematite on Calcite on Quartz, Upper New Street Quarry, Paterson, NJ Stan Parker
Hematiteon Calcite on Quartz, Upper New Street Quarry, Paterson, NJ
Ex John Kohnowich, Ex Eric Stanchich


Stilbite and Heulandite, Upper New Street Quarry, Paterson Stan Parker
Stilbite and Heulandite, Upper New Street Quarry, Paterson, NJ
Ex Jesse Jacobson, Ex Eric Stanchich


Stilbite and Heulandite, Upper New Street Quarry, Paterson Stan Parker
Datolite on Prehnite, Lower New Street Quarry, Paterson, NJ
Ex Paterson Museum


Smoky Quartz with Casts and Hematite, Prospect Park, NJ Stan Parker
Smoky Quartz with Casts and Hematite, Prospect Park, NJ
Ex Paterson Museum, Ex Miro Bianchi


Blue Prehnite Prospect Park, NJ Stan Parker
Blue Prehnite, Prospect Park, NJ
Ex Paul Lazar, Ex Eric Stanchich


Orange Stilbite Moore's Station, NJ Stan Parker
Large, Bright Orange Stilbite Plate, Moore's Station, NJ
Ex Jay Baskin


Prehnite Pseudomorphs Glauberite, Fanwood Quarry, Watchung, NJ Stan Parker
Prehnite Pseudomorphs After Glauberite, Fanwood Quarry, Watchung, NJ
Ex Frank Imbracchio, Ex Eric Stanchich


Thick Prehnite Lower New Street Quarry, Paterson, NJ Stan Parker
Thick Prehnite, Lower New Street Quarry, Paterson, NJ
Ex Dr. A.J. Delario, Ex Eric Stanchich


Chocolate Stilbite Laumontite Quartz,Prospect Park, NJ Stan Parker
Chocolate Stilbite with Laumontite and Quartz, Prospect Park, NJ
Ex Hugh Ford, Ex Eric Stanchich


Orange Natrolite, Upper New Street Quarry, Paterson, NJ Stan Parker
Rare Orange Natrolite with Prehnite, Upper New Street Quarry, Paterson, NJ
Ex Ken McKim, Ex Eric Stanchich


Natrolite Prehnite, Upper New Street Quarry, Paterson, NJ Stan Parker
Prehnite Pseudomorphs After Anhydrite, Upper New Street Quarry, Paterson, NJ
Ex Bill Butkowski, Ex Eric Stanchich


Prehnite Pseudomorphs After Anhydrite, Lower New Street Quarry, Paterson, NJ Stan Parker
Prehnite Pseudomorphs After Anhydrite, Lower New Street Quarry, Paterson, NJ
Ex Arizona Mining Museum, Ex Eric Stanchich


Prehnite Upper New Street Quarry, Paterson, NJ Stan Parker
Deep Green Prehnite, Upper New Street Quarry, Paterson, NJ
Ex Fred DeVito, Ex Eric Stanchich


Orange Chabazite Upper New Street Quarry, Paterson, NJ Stan Parker
Orange Chabazite in Vug with Quartz and Calcite, Upper New Street Quarry, Paterson, NJ
Ex Curt Hennig, Ex Eric Stanchich


%Datolite Heulandite rospect Park, NJ NJ Stan Parker
Datolite with Heulandite, Stilbite, Calcite, Babingtonite, & Quartz, Prospect Park, NJ
Ex Eric Stanchich


The NY/NJ 2015 Gem & Mineral Show: Hershel Friedman Exhibit

Hershel Friedman put together a public exhibit of Prehnite from the New Jersey traprock locations. Below are photos taken of the individual minerals within that exhibit showcase.


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Prehnite from Lower New Street Quarry, Paterson, NJ
Gemmy Prehnite
Lower New Street Quarry, Paterson, NJ


Prehnite with Bubble Formation and Casting - Stan Parker
Prehnite with Bubble Formation and Casting
Eagle Rock Quarry, West Orange, NJ


Prehnite with Bubble Formation and Casting - Stan Parker
Prehnite Epimorph after Glauberite
Fanwood Quarry, Watchung, NJ


Prehnite with Finger Upon Hollow Cast
Prehnite with Finger Upon Hollow Cast
Prospect Park Quarry, Prospect Park, NJ


Prehnite Thumb Prospect Park, NJ Hershel Friedman
Prehnite "Thumb"
Prospect Park Quarry, Prospect Park, NJ


Prehnite Snakehead Lower New Street Quarry, Paterson, NJ
Elongated Prehnite "Snakehead"
Lower New Street Quarry, Paterson, NJ


Prehnite Lackawanna Ave. Church Construction Site, W. Paterson, NJ
Prehnite Epimorphs after Anhydrite
Lackawanna Ave. Church Construction Site, W. Paterson, NJ


Prehnite Interstate Route 80 Construction, Paterson, NJ
Thick Prehnite "Knob"
Interstate Route 80 Construction, Paterson, NJ


Prehnite with Finger Upon Hollow Cast
Polished Prehnite Geode
Lower New Street Quarry, Paterson, NJ


Prehnite Balls Upper New Street Quarry, Paterson, NJ
Perfect Prehnite Balls on Basalt Matrix with Calcite
Upper New Street Quarry, Paterson, NJ


Large Prehnite Plate Riker Hill, Livingston, NJ Hershel Friedman
Large Prehnite Plate
Riker Hill, Livingston, NJ


Thick Prehnite Fingers Lower New Street Quarry, Paterson, NJ
Thick Prehnite "Fingers"
Lower New Street Quarry, Paterson, NJ


Prehnite Upper New Street Quarry, Paterson, NJ Hershel Friedman
3 Prehnite Balls on Weathered Basalt Matrix
Upper New Street Quarry, Paterson, NJ


Prehnite Finger Prospect Park Quarry, Prospect Park, NJ
Prehnite "Finger"
Prospect Park Quarry, Prospect Park, NJ


Prehnite Basalt Upper New Street Quarry, Paterson, NJ Hershel Friedman
Prehnite Bubble Formation
Upper New Street Quarry, Paterson, NJ


Prehnite Fingers Upper New Street Quarry, Paterson, NJ Hershel Friedman
Prehnite "Fingers" with Laumontite
Upper New Street Quarry, Paterson, NJ


The NY/NJ 2015 Gem & Mineral Show: Public Exhibits

he The NY/NJ 2015 Gem & Mineral Show focused very much on making the lecture series a big success. There was a great turnout and those who attended the lectures enjoyed them very much. However, the bulk of the focus was placed on the lecture series, and therefore the public exhibits were sidelined and not as impressive as in previous years.


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NJ Traprock Minerals from the Collection of Stan Parker
NJ Traprock Minerals from the Collection of Stan Parker


NJ Traprock Minerals from the Collection of Stan Parker
Stan Parker in front of his showcase


Prehnite from New Jersey, from the Collection of Hershel Friedman
Prehnites from New Jersey, from the Collection of Hershel Friedman


Minerals from the Collection of Jack Troy
Minerals from the Collection of Jack Troy. Jack Recently Sold off His Collection
Exhibit organized by Juan Gonazalez


Wavellite from Around the World
Wavellites from Around the World


Prehistoric Tools, Organized by Justin Zzyxx<
Prehistoric Tools, Organized by Justin Zzyxx


Prehistoric Tools, Organized by Justin Zzyxx<
Chrysocolla pseudomorph of Malachite after Barite
From the Luputo Mine, DR Congo


Prehistoric Tools, Organized by Justin Zzyxx<
Large Fossils from Pennsylvania


The NY/NJ 2015 Gem & Mineral Show: Fluorescent Exhibits

The NY/NJ 2015 Gem & Mineral Show has been putting together an outstanding showcase of fluorescent minerals the last couple of years, thanks to the contribution of the Franklin and Sterling Hill Museums and several collectors. The fluorescent exhibits were quite impressive, filling a large room of brightly colored minerals glowing in ultraviolet light. The room had large "fishtank"-style showcases with a a strong UV lamp on top illuminating the contents of brightly fluorescent minerals. Most of the minerals were from Franklin and Sterling Hill, though there were some cases with a worldwide fluorescent assortment of both shortwave and longwave minerals.


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Esperite Assemblages from the Franklin Mine, Franklin New Jersey
Esperite Assemblages from the Franklin Mine, Franklin New Jersey
Collection of Warren Miller


Sterling Hill Mine Fluorescent Warren Miller
Select Minerals from the Sterling Hill Mine, Ogdensburg, New Jersey
Collection of Warren Miller


Sterling Hill Mine Fluorescent Warren Miller
Large Willemite Crystal in Calcite from the Sterling Hill Mine
Collection of Warren Miller


Fluorescent Minerals Collection of Steven M. Kuitems, DMD
Fluorescent Minerals from the Collection of Steven M. Kuitems, DMD


Fluorescent Minerals from the Franklin Mineral Museum
Fluorescent Minerals from the Franklin Mineral Museum


Norbergite from Franklin, New Jersey
Large Norbergite from Franklin, New Jersey, from the Franklin Mineral Museum


Rare Fluorescent Barite from Franklin, New Jersey
Rare Fluorescent Barite from Franklin, New Jersey, from the Franklin Mineral Museum


Collection of Richard Bostwick and Tema Hecht
Worldwide Fluorescent Minerals under Shortwave UV Light
Collection of Richard Bostwick and Tema Hecht


Collection of Richard Bostwick and Tema Hecht
Worldwide Fluorescent Minerals under Longwave UV Light
Collection of Richard Bostwick and Tema Hecht


Collection of Richard Bostwick and Tema Hecht
Picture Rocks from Franklin and Sterling Hill
Collection of Richard Bostwick and Tema Hecht


Hot Pink Aragonite Agrigento Sicily Italy
Hot Pink Aragonite, Agrigento Sicily Italy
Collection of Richard Bostwick and Tema Hecht