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Kat K
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Hi,
I'm looking for a place that we can hunt for geodes, but its not affordable for us to pay by the pound. We've hunted last year and paid $20 for every 5lb bucket. Which was a very heavy bucket after we filled.
I've heard of one place that I really want to hound but I've heard they only will open for Geodefest every year. I can't remember which place it is. If, someone could help with their info, I would be very grateful for your any help, info and sugsuggestions.
Thank you
James
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Hey Kat, 

many of the non commercial locations up there are now only accessible during the weekend of Geodefest and that is mainly due to the large number of unscrupulous geode collectors that many of the property owners and farmers up there, have had to deal with regarding trespassing on their property, destruction of crops and property, and other issues, for the past few years. 

you can still access the commercial geode mines like Jacobs and Stevenson`s...this link will give you contact info for the ones available :

https://www.keokukiowatourism.org/geode.htm


I have been to St Francisville Geodes Mine off Hwy 27 just south of the Des Moines River a few years ago when they first opened, and saw some huge geodes pulled out of the ground there, some that weighed 600 lbs and more. I pulled two beach ball sized geodes out that day in sweltering heat and popped them open when I returned home, to find huge barrel shaped calcite crystals inside with other pretty side minerals. was very happy with my finds there, plus the owner Randy Alvis, is super nice to deal with. There was a couple there from the mission in Nauvoo that day that finally liberated a huge 600 lb geode from the ground, with the help of about five of us with pry bars. Randy came down with his front end loader, loaded it into the front bucket for them and took it to his house to weigh it, charged them for it by the pound, and then took it to their van and helped them load it into the van safely. Dont find customer service like that in many places these days. If I were going back up there, and I do hope to one of these days, that would def be on my list of places to hit first. 

you can contact Randy by email at R_K_Alvis@hotmail.com  or cell at 319-470-2283. 

Good luck and let us know here how you do up there. Updated information on locations is always a good thing for us. 

James [smile]
near St Louis
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