From left, Bill Darga, Herman Hanekamp and President "C" Russell look at some examples of turquoise from the Kingman Turquoise mine Tuesday night at the Kathryn Heidenreich Adult Center during the monthly meeting of the Mohave County Gemstoners Club.
The Gemstoners hold meetings as well as go on field trips, present geology lectures and put on an annual rock and gem show in Kingman each April. Marty Colbaugh of Colbaugh Processing and the Kingman Turquoise Mine was guest speaker that night, talking about turquoise and the long history of the mine located at Mineral Park north of Kingman.
Colbaugh said the mine is one of the earliest known mining areas (dating back at least 1,500 years) and is the largest turquoise-producing mine in the world. For more information on the mine or its store located in So-Hi, visit www.colbaugh.net/aboutus.html. For more information on the Gemstoners, contact Russell at (928) 846-0927.