Lander Blue Mine
In 1973, Rita Hapgood, her sister Marilynn, and their two sons went on a turquoise hunt and picnic adventure in Nevada. Along a hillside near Indian Creek, Rita’s son picked up a few mostly black rocks that had small nodules of blue showing. The original name of this claim was given in honor of Rita’s mother, Mary Louise. Rita sold the claim to Hank Dorian and Marvin Syme, who partnered with Bob Johnson to mine a small amount of this turquoise in 1974. Because of the marketing and fame of this mine’s name, many similar-looking turquoises such as those from Indian Mountain or YunGaiSi in China have been sold as Lander Blue.