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Buckwheat Dump Fluorescents
New Jersey is one the most important mineral localities of the world. The Franklin Mine was a zinc mine.  It
also produced manganese and iron. The mine closed in 1954. The shafts are sealed and the mine has been
flooded.  There are still a few places where you can collect Franklin minerals. The “Buckwheat Dump” is one
of only two mineral sites in the Franklin Mining District that are regularly open for mineral collecting. The other
location, the “Trotter Dump” is located near the Sterling Hill Mining Museum in Ogdensburg. Trotter Dump
used to be a parking and staging lot where many loads of unusable mine rock was used as paving material.  

What is now the Buckwheat Dump was originally a pile of overburden rock from the mining operation the old
timers used to call “the Buckwheat”. This overburden contained material with no zinc ore, or material too low
in ore content to be useful. The rock put on the Buckwheat was generally too low-grade for the refining
process.  A few pieces of zinc ore wound up getting dumped instead of being crushed, but these are rare.

Today there are still many nice specimens being found at the Buckwheat Dump, despite the fact that the site
has been collected on for many years. You can find the classic “New Jersey Glow” green, red and black
Willemite / Calcite/Franklinite combination there.  Other fluorescent minerals are rare but may be found with
persistent digging and searching.

The old timers used to claim there was "nothing good left on the Buckwheat", but this is not true. The reality is,
if you want to search and find some good specimens, you have to put in the time…as we always say…with
blood, sweat and tears. There is no guarantee you will find something special, just work hard and keep a
positive attitude. We have spent many hours digging rock only to find out how much sweat we can work
up…other days, we find treasures!

Visit the Museum's website (
www.franklinmineralmuseum.com) for specific hours of operation, special events
and when the museum is not scheduled to be open. The Museum also has occasional night time digs for
fluorescent mineral collectors and many other scheduled events. The museum and mineral collecting site are
also open for school or group tours.

  Through the years we have acquired many fine specimens from the Buckwheat Dump. We have had less
success with specimens from the Trotter Dump, but under any circumstances, do not discount the stunning
beauty of “Dump Specimens”…they are excellent collection pieces, they are only considered dump material
to people who were looking for Zinc, Manganese and Iron…lucky for us… we are fluorescent collectors
looking at some of the world’s finest specimens! These specimens are generally more affordable than
specimens obtained direct from the mines, because most of those have to be procured from old time (1940’s
and 1950’s) collections.
Item # 29BWD1015C50
Calcite with Willemite and
Franklinite from Buckwheat
Dump

$25.20
A nice cabinet display of famous New Jersey glow with brilliant orange
Calcite with sprinkles of green Willemite and black Franklinite. This piece is
from the Buckwheat Dump.

Weighs 13.5oz or 0.84 lbs (383g)
and Measures 3.3 x 2.3 x 2.1" (8.6 x 6 x 5.3 cm)
Item # 32BWD1015C50
Calcite with Willemite and
Franklinite from Buckwheat
Dump

$28.80
A nice cabinet display of famous New Jersey glow with brilliant orange
Calcite with green Willemite and black Franklinite. This piece is from the
Buckwheat Dump.

Weighs 15.4oz or 0.96 lbs (438g)
and Measures 4 x 2.9 x 1.6" (10.2 x 7.4 x 4.3 cm)
Item # 37BWD1015C50
Calcite with Willemite and
Franklinite from Buckwheat
Dump

$25.00
A nice cabinet display of famous New Jersey glow with brilliant orange
Calcite with green Willemite and black Franklinite. This piece is from the
Buckwheat Dump.

Weighs 10.2oz or 0.64 lbs (292g)
and Measures 3.3 x 2 x 1.6" (8.4 x 5.3 x 4.1 cm)
Item # 38BWD1015C50
Calcite with Willemite and
Franklinite from Buckwheat
Dump

$24.00
A nice cabinet display of famous New Jersey glow with brilliant orange
Calcite with green Willemite and black Franklinite. This piece is from the
Buckwheat Dump.

Weighs 8.3oz or 0.52 lbs (236g)
and Measures 3.2 x 1.8 x 1.1" (8.1 x 4.6 x 2.9 cm)

These Specimens were collected during the 1960's and 1970's