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Mason Square Museum Acquires Large Gem
Wednesday, July 15, 2009 • Posted July 15, 2009

L.B. Haines of Mason brought his 4670 carat topaz to the Mason Square Museum in Mason last week for display. The stone, found over 25 years ago, was found in the same general area as the famous McGehee topaz that is on loan to the museum from the Smithsonian Institute. The McGehee stone is the largest topaz found in North America and was discovered in Mason county. The two stones have a combined weight of 11,150 carats. That’s over 5 pounds of topaz for just two of the many fine specimens on display in the museum and found by other local citizens.

The Mason Square Museum is making plans to honor its 10,000th visitor, since opening in April of 2007. With well over 9,000 visitors to date, the Museum anticipates that sometime in August, a history buff will sign the visitor guest book. Visitors from as far away as Scotland, Canada, France, Germany and Great Britain have signed the guest book at the museum. So, the home of the 10,000th visitor is anyones guess. A gift for the celebrated visitor is a copy of Margaret Bierschwale’s book, “History of Mason County.” The 702 page, two volume, hardbound book is a highly sought after work and contains the history of Fort Mason and Mason County from pre-settlement through 1964. With a retail value of $60.00, the lucky visitor will enjoy reading about Mason’s colorful history. For a preview, visit us the musuem website at masonsquaremuseum.org. The Museum, located in Mason on the north side of the square at 103 Fort McKavitt is open from 10 am to 4 pm, Thursday, Friday & Saturday.

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