The reason was to see the exhibit known as the "Wall of Rhodo". Rhodo meaning rhodochrosite.
I was in the Sweet Home Mine the day (early 90's) they were attempting to remove this huge piece of material embedded with this ruby like and highly sought after gem stone. It is was put on display at the museum and never took the time to go and see it till yesterday.
Remember clicking on the pictures makes them larger.
This is a one of a kind and just huge. The picture does this no justice but go here to get a much better idea of how amazing this piece is.
You find gemstones like this in crevices. The problem is removing them without damage.
A picture from an exhibit that actually looks real.
Denver is a very cool city in many ways.
It made my day seeing this.