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Little-Known Site Near Downtown Dayton, Oh (Part 1)

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In 2011 a veteran rockhound (no longer in shape to go on field trips) in the Dayton Gem and Mineral club mentioned this no-name Ordivician site where he’d had a lot of success in the past finding fossils. I’ve visited the site about 5-6 times now and have never been disappointed. It has a constant erosion of horn corals, brachiopods, cephalopods, bryozoans.

As I heard it, at least 20 years ago an entrepreneur bought a hill/hillside plot of land just within the Dayton, OH city limits, less than 2 miles east of downtown.

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Just on the edge of a commercial business area.

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(looking west)

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(looking north from the driveway)

He immediately turned into a small limestone quarry. Within 10 years he ended his business and the quarry has seen little or no activity except for an occasional illegal dumping.

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The “Y” shaped quarry is entered by walking up an eroded blacktop driveway. The East “wall” is about 150 yards away,

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the Southeast “wall” about 75 yards,

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and the South “wall” about 175 yards.

An apartment complex can be found within 50 yards beyond the SE and S “walls”. The far “walls’” base being maybe 8-10 feet higher than where the drive meets the quarry floor. The West side of the quarry is lined with trees sitting atop a 3-6 ft tall hill. The old business district begins just on the other side of the hill.

To be continued....

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Kehbe

Reminds me of a little spot in the middle of KC Ks that I have hunted twice. I have been wanting to get back there as I have found some nice brachs and horn corals there. I don't know if it was ever a quarry but it looks very similar to the pictures you posted! Nice find!

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hrguy54

Kehbe.....it's time you went back.

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