HISTORY OF ROYSTON TURQUOISE
& THE OTTESONS
Originally the Royston mining
district was controlled by Lee F. Hand. The Royston
is a mining district in Nevada outside of Tonapah that originally
consisted of four old Turquoise claims: Bunker Hill, Easter
Blue, Oscar Wehrend, and Royal Blue.
|The Otteson story began
with Lynn Otteson and family. In 1944 Lynn Otteson and family came
to Nevada to mine Turquoise. He leased a Royston claim from Lee
Hand, at that time there were a couple other claims being leased
by other miners. The Royston District covers several miles of mt.
range which includes numerous claims, at that time Lee controlled
approx. 30 claims in this district. The Otteson family has owned
or leased claims in this district off and on for the past 60 years,
with friends and family as partners. The Ottesons have mined and
owned numerous claims in Nevada and Colorado. We believe the Royston
District near Tonopah, NV has produced some of the highest quality
turquoise in the world. While mining Grant Huntly in the 70's Royston
Turquoise was being sold to Tiffany's of New York. Lynn believes
that the Royston District is one of the best Turquoise mining areas
in the world.
||Royston is known for its beautiful
colors ranging from deep green to rich, light blues set off by a
heavy brown matrix or a golden brown matrix. It is also known for
the rare blue to green fade that can be found in one rock or cabochon.
The Royston district is still producing turquoise of high quality.
The Turquoise that is being mined by Dean and Danny Otteson and
featured on this site is coming from the Royal Royston claim, and
is the only active claim Royston claim at this time.
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