|A collection of rocks and minerals donated by Clarence Coil (center) to the Penrose Public Library. ©PPLD Personally, I would like to know what happened to the display. Can a reader enlighten me?|
While working for Stewart Photographers, Coil (left), Ben Stewart and a couple of helpers sold hot dogs and coffee at Mile 14 during the Pikes Peak Hill Climb. ©PPLD
Clarence Coil, in jodhpurs, boots and warm sweater, wearing skis and holding ski poles. ©PPLD
The ski jump (I think a jump), constructed of native pine by members of the Silver Spruce Ski Club, was located in the area near Edlo, between Woodland Park and Divide. ©PPLD
|Amazonite collected (early 1970s) by C. Coil at the Coil Mine. Width of specimen ~1.5 cm.|
Barylite, a beryllium barium silicate [Be2Ba(Si2O7)], is a mineral that was not really on my radar until doing some research for this article. Certainly I did not recognize it as a mineral from the Pikes Peak pegmatites. MinDat has a fine photo (copyright) on their website (www.mindat.org) of the specimen at the Smithsonian Institution that is "probably the world's finest barylite crystal. 5 x 3.7 x 0.7 cm Collected by Clarence Coil and Richard Kosnar."
Please note: all of the photographs, except the amazonite specimen, are in the Digital Archives at Pikes Peak Public Library (PPLD) and are COPYRIGHT, with all rights reserved, by the District. Used with permission (and I thank the Library).