John Sinkankas at the Benitoite Mine, Fall 1962

February 1, 2012

Benitoite is the California state gemstone, named after the famous locality in San Benito County. In the fall of 1962, John Sinkankas visited the Benitoite Mine. Below are his scrapbook pages and photos related to the mine.

Benitoite Mine scrapbook page from John Sinkankas, Fall 1962. Collection of Bill Larson.

Click to enlarge.

Benitoite Mine scrapbook page from John Sinkankas, Fall 1962. Collection of Bill Larson.

Click to enlarge.

Mr. Dallas (at left) and his cabin in the creek bed just below the Benitoite Mine. The mine is behind the photograph, uphill. Photo by Ralph W. Dietz, ca. 193x, from John Sinkankas, Collection of Bill Larson. Click to enlarge.

Mr. Dallas (at left) and his cabin in the creek bed just below the Benitoite Mine. The mine is behind the photograph, uphill. Photo by Ralph W. Dietz, ca. 193x, from John Sinkankas, Collection of Bill Larson.

Click to enlarge.

Digging at the Benitoite Mine, Fall 1962. Photo from John Sinkankas, Collection of Bill Larson.

Click to enlarge.