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Rock Hounds Gather for Llano Prospectors Conference

This piece of granite rock contains veins of copper (green in color) and azurite (blue). It was found by local Llano prospector Earl Theiss. Theiss will be one of the many treasure-hunting and prospecting experts attending the Prospectors Get To-Gather and Swap Meet in Llano on Feb. 16. Courtesy photo

Seekers of fortune, pursuers of prizes: Come one, come all to the Prospectors Get-To-Gather and Swap Meet on Feb. 16 in the Llano County Community Center, 2249 RR 152 West in Llano. World-renowned, hall-of-fame treasurer hunter W.C. Jameson will be on hand to sell, sign, and talk about his books.

The conference and accompanying swap meet are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Drop in anytime, said local Llano prospector Earl Theiss, who will also have a booth at the event.

“There’s nothing like this anywhere in Texas,” Theiss said. “It’s an informal type of thing. It don’t cost you anything other than what you buy, and you can stay however long you want.”

The event features vendors in rocks, gems and minerals, metal detecting, prospecting, treasure hunting, and legend telling. Someone will walk away with a Garrett AT Gold metal detector from the prize giveaway with proceeds going to support the Llano Red Top Jail Restoration Fund. The item was donated by sponsor Garrett Metal Detectors.

Other prizes and silent auction items include three Garrett Z-Lynks, which convert metal detectors to wireless, and more.

Also expect to see demonstrations in the best techniques for panning and metal detecting.

Several area rock clubs will have booths set up including the Round Rock chapter of the Gold Prospectors Association of America and the Highland Lakes Metal Detecting Club.

A swap meet outside the center offers an opportunity for anyone wanting to get rid of some of their extra equipment to set up and sell or trade. The swap meet usually sells out, Theiss said.

“People can come to learn, teach, look, touch,” Theiss explained. “The get-together is inside a building, so come on. Whether it rains, sleets, or snow, it’s always warm inside.”

For more information, including how to rent a booth or where to stay or camp, call the Llano Chamber of Commerce at (325) 247-5354 or go to

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Alvar Pearson —
Curious if our recent flood has prospectors panning the Llano, which has had gold in the past.

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