Mesnard mine is the eastern extension of the Quincy Mine
along the Pewabic Lode famed for its colorful datolites. There was
of young men sneaking down the shaft of the Mesnard Mine and
up with a bucket of yellowish to reddish datolites (illegal
The dark skinned datolites from the Mesnard mine come in quite a wide
of colors such as white, pink, peach, red, orange and yellow and
coarse grained. The collection of datolite is still severely
the piles are owned by Quincy Hoist Association and collecting is
not allowed. I think the piles were opened to collecting tours few
Keeweenaw Week. Some miner named Bud Townsend was said to picked
up the best datolites during his work at Quincy, Mesnard and
Franklin mines and I was able to obtain a few.
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"Sunburst" Datolite, one of my best datolites in my collection
May be from Franklin or Mensard Mines
Orangish yellow color
With calcite inclusion
(grew there before datolite did)