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An MPOD Classic
from 26 September 2013

Beaver Creek   contributed by Shawn Alan, IMCA 1633   MetBul Link

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1.45 grams.   H5

TKW 14 kg. Observed fall May 26, 1893, in British Columbia, Canada.

Found at the arrow (green or red) on this map.

Shawn writes:
Second meteorite fall from Canada. Canadian meteorites are hard to come by and for those that collect historic meteorites, this one is a must have.

Brief Historic account of the Beaver Creek meteorite fall
Abstract from Science Journal 1893
Title: The Beaver Creek Meteorite
Authors: Edwin E. Howell

Between the hours of 3 and 4 P. M. on the 26th of May last, a meteorite was heard by many persons, and three of the fragments were seen to fall near Bearer Creek, West Kontenai District, 13. C., a few miles north of the United States boundary.

The two smaller of these fragments, weighing perhaps 5 to 6 pounds in all, were picked up at once; the larger one, weighing about 25 pounds, was not found until the next morning. It made a hole in the wet earth about three feet deep, two feet in soil and one foot in hard pan. The direction of the hole was south 60 east, true meridian, and at an angle of 58 with the horizon. Fresh earth was scattered about the hole in all directions, but, farthest (10 feet) in the direction from which the stone came.

On the 6th inst. (sic) I saw and purchased this stone from Mr. James Hislop, a civil engineer, who found it and brought it to Washington.

It is a typical aerolite of very pronounced chondritic structure. It is completely coated with the usual black crust, except at one end, where about three pounds have been broken off and scattered, like the two smaller stones, mostly among mere curiosity hunters. The mass now weighs 224 pounds, measures 6 x 7 x 9 inches, and approaches in shape an acute octahedron.

I propose for it the name of Beaver Creek, from the stream by the banks of which it fell, A microscopical examination and chemical analysis will be made soon.

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Frank Cressy
 9/26/2019 4:48:04 PM
Beaver Creek is a great historical fall. Unfortunately the location on the linked map is incorrect as are the coordinates in the Catalogue of Meteorites.
John Divelbiss
 9/26/2019 11:15:47 AM
Provenance is everything with these 'NWA' look-a-likes. I've cut many NWA's that look just like this material. Scary for me, if I was a collector of lots of historical specimens. Better have a good reference photo for such specimens if the paperwork is thin. :/
Murray Paulson
 9/26/2019 9:05:41 AM
Excellent. You do not often get a chance on picking up one of these specimens.
Don Cracraft
 9/26/2019 3:21:36 AM
Thanks for sharing the details! A great thing on a sleepless night! Thanks again!

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