- Published in Montgomery County Shopping
Just a hobby, that’s how it all started in 1969, something I would do even if there was no profit. The National Forest was still open to prospecting and filing mining claims on public domain lands as part of the original Homestead Act. I was soon making more on weekends than all week working in construction. My rock business started with a pick, shovel, and a $46 unemployment check.
I found out I could sell more than I could dig by hand, so I bought from other miners. My wife cried, my in-laws laughed, but later several of those laughing in-laws were employed by my company.