Friday, January 6, 2017

2017 Mining Artifact Shows

The following shows are for the mining purists. You will only see mining artifacts, no other antiques. So, if you are only interested in mining artifacts these shows will help add to your mining collection.
The shows are in Arizona, Colorado, California and Kentucky where there has been a lot of mining history. The first one is only a couple weeks away, so you need to get busy! 

TUCSON 2017 23rd
Date: Saturday, February 4, 2017
Where: 6245 E. Bellevue Street, Tucson, Arizona Location is the same as in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016!
Ample parking is available on west and north sides. Entrance is on north side
Swap Meet: 10:00 A.M. – 4:30 P.M. (Set up at 9:00 A.M.)
Open to the Public at 11:00 A.M.
Social: 4:00 – 6:30 No Host Bar and Appetizers  
Presentation: Tony Potucek, “Forty years of exploring Western USA mining districts – above and below ground”
Dinner: Mesquite Grilled Dinner $25.00 per person
Auction: Immediately following the dinner.
Contacts: Tony or Ruth Moon, 13000 Desert Moon Place NE, Albuquerque, NM, 87111
505-797-0619 and

The pictures below are from the 2016 show at Tuscon 


Eastern Mining Collectors Association
What: The fourth annual Spring Meet and Show featuring vendors from across the country selling, buying mining artifacts.
Where: at Carter Caves State Resort Park, 344 Caveland Drive in Olive Hill, Kentucky
When: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, April 1.
How Much: Free and open to the public. There are mining items for sale.
Directions: Take I-64 west from Huntington about 40 minutes to Exit 161, take U.S. 60 east.
Go approximately two miles and turn left on KY 182 north. The park entrance is three miles from the
left turn onto KY 182 north.
CONTACT: For more information visit us on the web at or call Colin Gatland at 937-367-6295.

OURAY, CO 2017
Western Mining Artifact Show & Auction
Date: Saturday, June 17, 2017
Where; Ouray Community Center, 320 Sixth Street, Ouray, Colorado
Swap Meet: 9 AM to 4 PM (set up 7 - 9)
Contact: Steve Rush 970-249-2309
Mining Antique Collectors Swap Meet
Date: Saturday, August 5, 2017
Where: Nevada City Elks Club 518 Hwy. 49, Nevada City, California
Swap Meet:  10 AM – 4PM
(Setup at 8 AM)
Early bird wheeling and dealing begins at 7AM in the parking lot
Social: 4-6 PM No host bar at Elks
Dinner 6 PM
Auction: Following Dinner
Contact: Bob Samay (email (phone 650-464-2632)


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