Black Cat Mountain Paleontology Field Trip (FYI)

March 11, 2017 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Blackcat Mountain Quarry
OK 74535
Judah Epstein 

Black Cat Mountain Paleontology Field Trip (FYI) Saturday, March 11, 2017   9:00 AM – 1:00 PM This trip is limited to members of the Dallas Paleontological Society. The destination is the famous Black Cat Mountain Trilobite quarry 2 miles west of Clarita, Oklahoma.

Most if not all of your finds will be surface. You should bring a rock hammer/mallet and a 5 gallon bucket, or other method of conveyance, since  your finds will most likely be embedded in chunks of matrix. A chisel can come in handy. Please wear proper footwear since the terrain is very rough. Spaces are limited so you must sign up for this trip. We will meet at the Post Office on Main Street in Clarita at 9 am.

On our last visit Bob let us stay until mid afternoon. So (just in case) bring liquids and food/snacks of your choosing. We give Bob $10 A HEAD please bring cash. He also has a very nice shop where you can buy his book or trilobites he has quarried and prepped from the quarry.

Snakes are in the area, so hunt with caution. Use your hammers to flip rocks, NOT YOUR HANDS. If you have a garden tool, or the like, with a longer handle that would make you feel more comfortable, please bring it. Also use your hammer to ‘ring’ the slabs of rock. Often this will cause a rattler to issue a warning.  As fossil hunters we are all familiar with this nemesis so don’t be afraid, just be aware. THIS IS NOT A TRIP FOR YOUNG CHILDREN. Information and contact at site:  cell 903 916-0083   

Contact:  Judah Epstein
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Directions:  Take Hwy 75 North, exit OK48/78, take left and follow 48 North. North of Wapanucka (about 5 miles), turn left on 1750, then turn right on 3795 into ‘downtown’ Clarita. Meet at the post office. Please be on time. Clarita is just over 2 1/2 hours north of Dallas. Bob’s shop is 1/2 block from post office.

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