When I was researching gold and gem locations for one of my Rick Remington adventure stories, I came across the small west Texas town of Llano and immediately knew we had to go. Caution: Panning for gold in Texas is illegal unless you have a permit. With no permit in hand, Suzanne and I decided to learn about the gems and minerals of Texas purely through research. In the Hill Country, treasure hunters scour the rocks for blue topaz, but in Llano, gold is prize they seek. Finding small amounts of gold in the area is still possible, though improbable at this point, but we discovered another unique treasure found only in Llano. Llanite is a unique form of granite that can be seen in a rock outcropping just north of town. Eager to see a treasure that can only be found in Texas, our quest began!
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