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Kevin
 #1 
Would love to find some people from the Central Texas area that would like to get together and go rockhounding. Anyone interested?
Phil
 #2 
What part of Central Texas? I'm in Hewitt and there's nothing but limestone here.

Phil
Kevin
 #3 
Well I'm in Killeen and thats pretty much what we have here. But lots of fossils. Am loooking to go to OK for Selenite, East Texas for Petrified wood and Crater of Diamonds for.....well I reckon you know what for..lol
Larry
 #4 
Kevin, for Oklahoma it would be Virgil Richards (aka DWS), for pet wood either myself for South Texas and Eastern it would be Denise or DWS.

Locate a book called "Rockhounds Guide to Texas" Most of the locations described in the book have been worked over, but the book will put you in the right area of the state to do some looking.

Crater of Diamonds is an altogether differnt animal. You will find a ton of help in the field there, who are willing to share their knowledge. I have been there once in 100 degree heat. I didn't find any diamonds but I certainly learned a lot by just asking those who spend a lot of time there. Patience pays off there, but the last three big stones have been located on the surface over heavily tracked trails. Just a fluke about that I think.

There are really a lot of places to go within a few hours of Killeen. I would recommend collecting some Llanoite on highway 16 North out of Llano. About 9 miles out is a roadside picknic area. Across the road from that area is a dike of granite that is only found in this location. It is known as llanoite. Very hard stuff but cuts pretty well. The only access currently is on the road. Do not cross fences in Texas. You can be arrested for trespassing and could be shot at. However it is always OK to find the owner and ask permission.

On your own you can go to Giddings Texas and work the dirt County Roads North of town. Just park off to one side and walk the bar ditches. You will find a wide variety of pet wood. Most of the county roads in Karnes county are the same. The pet wood is small but very highly agatized to the point of finding pieces in a variety of colors to almost clear.

There are a few recommendations for you.

PS You are right there are some great fossils in the Killeen area. On the South side of town there is new housing construction and they have cut into a hill to level the ground. I don't know if it is still accessable but in that cut you will see an 18" change in soil color. It is subtle but visible. Use a screw driver and you can pry out hundreds of echnoids. Heart, spiny etc. Several species. Also you might luck into an ammonite and often snails. All are limestone replacement but are pretty solid and detailed.

Have fun.
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