Lancaster cross stones
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Cross stones, found in the local hills, have long been prized by many residents. They are a unique form of mineral andalusite (aluminum silicate) called chiastolite, from the Greek chiastros meaning "x-marked." According to local lore, they were worn by Native American braves as charms to give them strength. In the 19th century, it was popular to have them polished and fashioned into jewelry. They are also found in California, Pennsylvania, and Maine.
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Eugene and Beryl Christoph ; Kathleen Griffin
Published in: Images of America, Lancaster / Heather Maurer Lennon. Charleston, SC ; Chicago IL ; Portsmouth NH ; San Francisco CA. : Arcadia Publishing, 2001
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- Lancaster cross stones. 1850-2000. Retrieved from the Digital Public Library of America, https://ark.digitalcommonwealth.org/ark:/50959/02871k777. (Accessed December 11, 2018.)
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