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Sweet Home Mine Rhodochrosite

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Old Silver Mine in Colorado

The Sweet Home mine is famous for world class specimens of the mineral rhodochrosite.  It's located in the mining town of Alma, Colorado, USA.

After the mine's discovery in 1873 small amounts of silver were mined there until the 1960's. Rhodochrosite was at that time just a gangue mineral which is the worthless material that surrounds or is mixed in with a valuable mineral.

Rhodochrosite made the Sweet Home mine famous around the world.  Some of the finest specimens ever to have been found come from there.

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