Casey man finds powder in rocks

October 05, 2004|BRENDA S. EDWARDS

LIBERTY - Casey Davis has been picking up rocks since he was a kid. Some he keeps, others he tosses. He has geodes, Indian artifacts and some rather strangely shaped rocks that came from his native Casey County. He keeps those.

His most recent finds are geodes that are filled with a white power-like substance. He's never run upon this type of rock before. He noticed the white powder while digging a hole, then when he went to inspect the area, he found several of the unusual rocks.

"I tasted it, but it does not taste like salt or anything," Davis said. He said the white substance is gritty like sand.

A couple of collectors said the rock may have had a crack, allowing water to seep in, then sealed again. Rather than crystals, like are in most geodes, the silt developed into the white powder-like substance.


Davis claims the rocks were not near a stream, but on higher ground.

He has found rocks of various shapes and forms over the years and even found a small grave marker in a creekbed.

Davis has not yet identified the small white marble marker that has the initials "M.K." engraved on it. He found it in a creek that runs into Green River where there are no cemeteries within a five-mile radius.

His collection is not mammoth and he's not even sure what most of his "rocks" are. Some of those that have been broken have crystals and fossils.

Davis plans to use one large stone with a strange looking fossil similar to a branch as a stepping stone. He also has large round gray one with seams running through it.

He recently found two pieces of flint rock that appear to be tools used by Indians.

"I found it with part of it sticking out of the ground, then saw the end of the other one lying flat on the ground." A few inches from that, he found a piece of an arrowhead.

He thinks that the flint tools were used to skin animals and they appear to be well-used. The flint tools are long and narrow with an indention for a thumb. He speculates that Indians may have been skinning an animal and something happened to scare them off. They fled, leaving their tools behind.

Davis has gotten his whole family interested in rock hunting. He and his wife, Christy, have always lived in Casey County.

"Since Christy and I have been married, we've waded in creeks and looked for odd shaped rocks. Now the kids are going with us." Davis said that the family enjoys being together to wade and walk through freshly plowed fields looking for Indian artifacts. His sons, 11-year-old Vance and 7-year-old Tanner, and his 5-year-old daughter, Brookley, have spent many hours in Casey County streams and fields.

Davis said there has been a lot of interest in his unusual geode filled with the white substance, but he's not found anyone locally that has seen anything like them before.

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