Yes, there are many types of minerals found in West Virginia!
Hold on Mining Co. a most unique attraction. Panning is a great activity for schools, parties, fairs and festivals, any large activity. Now you can experience "prospecting" a wide variety of gemstone rocks and fossils from all over the world. Hold On Mining Co. comes right to your location and provides everything needed for this activity. Young people and adults find this a very entertaining activity. Everyone will take with them genuine gemstones or fossils.
New Videos coming to you SOON! Watch panning in the sluice and with a gold Pan!
Set up display at a Pet Expo above: These children are amazed by the process of the sluice, for cleaning gems and fossils, where they may find amazing gems big and small. We teach how to use the old time machine for prospecting, and they keep the gems they find.
Prospecting at its best with
48 different Gems and 30 different Fossils In the Bags of Ore!
After you have mined your gems you will then check learn the names of your minerals here on our web site, by matching your gems to the pictures posted.
One summer vacation, my family and I put our first hard-hat lights on to crawl into an old cave in West Virginia. After crawling through the passage way that lead to an open room, we explored the depths of an earth, in a charted cave so vast you could put an 8 story building inside and have room to spare. I was so intrigued with what I saw that day; and from that moment on, I was hooked on the earth and her many wonders. That experience was similar to the book Journey to the Center of the Earth.
Bags of Ore packaged for Guaranteed Gems!
Each prospector gets to keep what they find!
It is Fun and Educational!
Understanding Gems More!
Collecting and identifying rocks, gold and fossils may be your passion too. If you find yourself interested in collecting, you've come to the right place. We want to bring the kid out of you again, because we know that finding a great specimen is not just for the young, but also for the young at heart. Learn about collecting and identifying your rock collections and add new ones too! We are always looking for new gems and adding them to the list of what we are offering to our Rock Hound buddies. Check back, from time to time, for new projects, new fun facts, and great places to visit.
Collect Them As You Go Nobody finds their collection all at once. It takes a life time of memories and collecting to find all you want to collect. Obsidian arrow head, sharpest known stone!
A little story about Obsidian: the Native Americans, years ago, knew the value of a sharp stones for their hunting and fishing. This stone in particular had greater uses. The stone could be made razor sharp so it was used for surgery and had better results and caused less infections than today's modern surgical steel. (All Obsidian Arrowheads are UN-sharpened).
Places we have been and more!
Booth at "Treasure Mountain Festival" with Captain Jack protecting the treasures.
Photo linked to calendar.
Holdon's Mining this year, together with Boring to Beautiful Gifts, including gemstone Jewelry and more, includes dinosaur eggs, solar star lights, toys, volcano kits, science kits, shark teeth, polished gems, growing animals, gemstone jewelry, gem lighting and even a larger gem selection, 'Pure Gold' rough ore, gold pan equipment and more.
Tar Pit Un-tar the skeletons of two prehistoric creatures 2191.............. $4.00
New attraction at Festivals; Panning For Gold added 2009 by Suzan:
Panning for that Gold Rush is growing each year. The attraction is not a fade some are realizing. The possibilities of owning Gold has changed greatly due the record high prices in the low $1,700.00 price range. It is estimated to go even higher this year, in 2013. Get in now and contact Suzan for a reliable market place to buy your USA Gold from one of the largest suppliers of Gold equipment and supplies. Also buy your ounces and pennyweight gold at gold prices on the day you order it with one of the smallest mark ups in the country.
The skill level is more difficult and requires patients, for children and the Adults. But it is of interest to talk to Ole Suzan while visiting the gem sluice. This is real gold ore and rates vary for the panning lesson. Our rates have stayed the same through out the last season, while prices continued to climb. Check here for today's market value of gold:
A sample of Gold in the vile from prospecting!
Bird cages can be used to make your own gems into jewelry or wear your gold by placing it into the secure spiral cage.
Gold in 2010 stayed close to $1,230.00 an ounce. Visit the site to watch daily the prices of precious minerals, and read about the history of gold! 2013 gold values have soared to $1,700.00. an increase of nearly $400.00 in two years.
Other Amusements used at Fairs and Festivals: Bounce House.
Rock Climbing is one of our other amusements for Children and Adults. Check out the calendar of events to see where it will be in 2013.