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I honestly never realized the variety of alleys or other marbles and how hard a marble dig actually was until I saw the videos of Heaton and the others you all sent me. Then on another site I stumbled across photographs of a Pennsboro, WV dig at the Alley factory and it was led by WVRON, I immediately recognized him as a member of this group. Man, was I in awe of the hard work you all put in, but the rewards of going through all of that material must have made you giddy. I recently purchased a pound from that area and spent most of the day going through the misshapen bits and found some nice common alleys, but the little mistakes were the fun ones for me. I felt like I was eight years old and that was a heck of a long time ago! I ordered the rest the gentleman had, it was inexpensive, it is just going through the marbles, so fun. Then I saw Chad’s gallery photos of his alley collectIon, along with his other goodies and it was just bursts of color and beauty, on every page. The collections you all have are just amazing. Thank you for opening my eyes to new manufacturers and a colorful, fun hobby-except the actual dig, I could not do that physically but if I could I’d be down in a hole or cave some where. Really great stuff. Thank you.

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The Pennsboro WV Alley dig was my dream of a lifetime. Not enough words can describe it. You had to be there. It would have been nice to had time and been able to document more of what happened. But that just was not possible. Once we found the mother load, we had to stay with it. We could not leave it for other people to find. We divided up and worked twelve hour shifts, twenty four hours a day for four days and three nights. Nola and myself worked at the hole from 7am until 7pm. Bill McCaleb and Griff worked from 7pm until 7am. When our shifts were over we had to eat, over a hour drive home, clean up, sleep, and do it again the next day. We got exhausted as the days and nights went on and tempers got short. Glad it happened then and not now. I could not physically do it now.  Lots of days there was not room for another bucket of Alley marbles or cullet in the back of my pickup truck. If only we could have had more time ? But we saved many thousands of 1930's Alley marbles. 

 Now the site is filled over and much of it covered with limestone. 

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and what a time it was ron. up the creek squeeling and bleeding ... bumping a few noggins ... remember .. lol .... so many new discoveries. to say ... wild and wonderful west virginia ... is all that's needed. be well my friend ... bill

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11 hours ago, wvrons said:

The Pennsboro WV Alley dig was my dream of a lifetime. Not enough words can describe it. You had to be there. It would have been nice to had time and been able to document more of what happened. But that just was not possible. Once we found the mother load, we had to stay with it. We could not leave it for other people to find. We divided up and worked twelve hour shifts, twenty four hours a day for four days and three nights. Nola and myself worked at the hole from 7am until 7pm. Bill McCaleb and Griff worked from 7pm until 7am. When our shifts were over we had to eat, over a hour drive home, clean up, sleep, and do it again the next day. We got exhausted as the days and nights went on and tempers got short. Glad it happened then and not now. I could not physically do it now.  Lots of days there was not room for another bucket of Alley marbles or cullet in the back of my pickup truck. If only we could have had more time ? But we saved many thousands of 1930's Alley marbles. 

 Now the site is filled over and much of it covered with limestone. 

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I cannot fathom how hard that was. I am so impressed and happy you got to experience that.

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4 hours ago, mibcapper said:

and what a time it was ron. up the creek squeeling and bleeding ... bumping a few noggins ... remember .. lol .... so many new discoveries. to say ... wild and wonderful west virginia ... is all that's needed. be well my friend ... bill

dig pics 012.JPG

dig pics 017.JPG

alley dig .. 2nd. lease 021.JPG

alley dig .. 2nd. lease 070.JPG

alley dig .. 2nd. lease 051.JPG

alley dig .. 2nd. lease 079.JPG

alley dig .. 2nd. lease 075.JPG

alley's second 005.JPG

alley's second 012.JPG

oranges 001.JPG

lawerance e. alley's last stand 058.JPG

sunday's alley 018.JPG

sunday's alley 014.JPG

Wow, I hadn’t seen those marbles, some beauties. Thank you for sharing your memories. 

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