Fresh Dirt Alert!!
The New 2015 dates are posted Click
the "Dig Dates" tab above to view our
upcoming events

Please click on the "Dig Dates" Link above
to see our calendar of events. The latest
dates for 2014-2015 are now posted.

Please NOTE The meeting place has
changed. We will now meet at McDonald's
I-85 exit 13.  The McDonald's is located off
exit 13 next to the pilot truck stop.

The Hogg Mine Is Open, Please click the
"Dig Dates" link above to learn more and
find out the dates we will be digging. We
look forward to seeing you at the mine
soon! If you have questions please don't
hesitate to send me a message using the
Contact link above. I will respond back to
you ASAP. Thanks for looking, and I hope to
see you soon.  

Chris Painter
The Crystal Empire/The Hogg Mine
How it works!!!!!

I get alot of email's asking me how this all works. Its really as simple as it sounds. Just show
up at the meeting place above on the date of the scheduled dig and we will be there to sign
you up. (We meet inside the  McDonalds. if you park on the south side (Drive through window
side) of the McDonalds we are right inside the door just turn right when you enter you will see
the sign) We leave McDonalds at 9AM sharp and caravan to the mine. The mine is located
about 3 miles south. After we arrive at the mine I will give a safety briefing, After the Safety
briefing I will give a short tour of the mine. You can opt in or out of the tour but, I do give alot of
info about where to look and what to look for. I encourage all newbies to take the tour as it will
increase your chances of finding more. After the tour I will return to the rock shed to prepare
lunch along with "Possum Cooper". We will have lunch ready at about noon. Normally
Hamburgers, Or occasionally BBQ. Plates are $8 and we serve a Burger or BBQ sandwich  
with chips, beans, and cookies. We also have drinks available for purchase. We will have
gem and mineral specimens and cutting rough for sale under the shed, along with tool rentals
which includes picks, shovels, hammers, umbrellas, sprayers and other equipment. Please
don't hesitate to come ask if you need help. I will be around to help in any way I can. We
GREATLY appreciate your business and enjoy having every one out to dig.

Hogg Mine Staff