National Geographic : 1951 Nov
© National Geographic Society 660 Kodachrome by Willard R. Culver Stones for the "Friendship Fireplace" Came from Rockhounds All Over the Nation Mr. and Mrs. J . H . Leasure improved their El Paso living room with 192 specimens sent to them by friends and fellow collectors. Lengths of petrified wood frame the fireplace. Large white stones are onyx; polished ones are agate. Included also are a piece of gold ore from the Homestake Mine of South Dakota, Indian artifacts, a fossil dinosaur vertebra, fragments of extinct mastodon tusks, and petrified clams, snails, and oysters. Blue stone below mantel at left is smithsonite, named for the founder of the Smithsonian Institution.