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Clay for Stoneware, Fayette County, Texas

Fine grade Bentonite clay appropriate for Stoneware.
Locality: Lena, on FM 154, four miles south of West Point in NW Fayette County.
Chemical Formula: (Montmorillinite) (Na,Ca)0.33(Al,Mg)2(Si4O10)(OH)2 · nH2O
Crystal System: Monoclinic
Specimen Size: 7.5 x 4 x 5 cm
Vial Weight: 196 grams
UT Collection ID: TMM-2524
In the late 1920's and continuing for the next thirty-five years the Earthen Products, Millwhite, and Texas companies excavated clay pits and shipped bentonite clay from extensive deposits described by J. C. Melcher in 1902. The Texas Company built an extensive processing plant on a spur line to the railroad and provided cottages for about twenty employees.
In the permanent collection of the Jackson School of Geosciences, University of Texas at Austin.

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