Gem Mining

Due to Covid-19, the Gem Mining will be closed for the 2020 season

Discover the adventure of prospecting in an old west style mining sluice. Unearth oodles of fossils, gemstones, and minerals. Finders’ keepers! Prices vary $8.50 – $21.50 based on Gem Bag purchased.  Gem Mining is currently only available during the Fall Festival season running Mid September – End of October each year.

Every bag is different!

  • Large Gem Bag – Bag contains eight plus ounces of gemstones, arrowhead, crystal, pyrite.  $8.50+tax
  • Fossil Bag – Bag contains at least 15 different fossils, and at least 3 shark teeth. $10.50 + tax
  • Emerald Bag – Bag contains ten plus ounces of gemstones,arrowhead, crystal, pyrite, and emeralds. $10.50 + tax
  • BB + Bag – Each box contains eight+ ounces of gemstones, an arrowhead, pyrite, a crystal, fossils, a big surprise (amethyst, quartz, or ?), and an identification brochure. $21.50 + tax
  • New! Bonanaza Bucket – Extra Large Specimens & Amethyst Exceptionally Large Gems. The Worlds Best Mining Rough. Surprises in every Bucket. $60 + tax

Prices and item availabilty are subject to change. 

Keep what you find!

While visiting Anderson Farms, stop by Pumpkin Creek Gemstone Mining for some old fashioned fun. This area, including Erie and Carbon Valley, has a rich history of coal mining. Here at Anderson Farms, you can mine for gemstones and fossils. Try to collect them all! There are 40 gemstones and minerals, or 32 fossils potentially hidden in each bag of rough.

How do I get started?

  • Stop by Pumpkin Creek Gemstone Mining and pick out your bag of rough.  There are three to choose from; the gemstone bag, the fossil bag or the emerald and ruby bag.
  • Next, take your bag to the sluice. Place a handful of rough into the provided screened bottom box and wash it in the water.  You’ll soon discover the treasures hidden in your bag!
  • This is an activity that children and parents can do together. Spend 10 minutes or spend an hour!  Once you have found all your treasures, take them to our identification board to find out what you have
Pricing Prices vary $7-$20 based on Gem Bag purchased.
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