The Potato Rock Museum

Potato Rock Specimens Submitted to the Potato Rock Museum to Date!

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(Specific submission are placed in order of date submitted)

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The La Rochelle France Potato Rock

February 18, 2006

A Real Per-mineralized Potato? (Petrified Potato)

The owner of this rock had it tested by the Museum of Natural History, and with microscopic examination, they declared that it showed like structure to a real potato.  No carbon dating was done.  The owner states the Museum offered to buy the rock for $1,500.00 dollars.  The owner declined the offer but would be willing to part for a “Very Significant” larger dollar amount.  Were talking big buck here!           

petirfied potato

The Story about the above Potato Rock.

By R.  S.

"The Spud" It was given to me in 1980 and I had it examined at the Museum of Natural History in "82. The three persons there offered me $1,500.00 for the thing and I turned it down knowing that if was worth a thousand... it was likely to be worth ten thousand. I've recently search for auction links through high end organizations to try and get the very most out of it. Well, I approached the Millionaires Club to ask if they wouldn’t mind posting it mind one of their links to sell and got some interesting replies. No offers though. A self-made Millionaire in Canada has been fascinated with it and assisted me with the suggestion to post it with the Billionaires Club on possible links that sell Estates, Manors, Islands, etc. stating that "Millionaires don't like to lose their Millions" and that "Billionaires make a Million in less than a week". Pretty sensible thinking. Also said a Million wasn't high enough for eccentric wealth...and 5 million was a scary figure, so, 3.5 was set for the asking price on the Spud. I've receive two interesting replies. One, at last contact, asking if my price was firm? It's been less than two weeks since our last e-mail and no new news on the matter of reply.

MY POTATO ROCK STORY

By Benjamin C. Wright

Several years ago in the nineties, I and a friend were touring an old Virginia Plantation. We took a break from the walking and sat on one of the benches along the path. After a minutes rest, I decided to take a walk in the field behind us, and look for some unique stones or rocks to take back as souvenirs. I usually do this when away on a vacation.

As I walked and looked, I spotted a potato lying on the ground. I thought that odd, and went to pick it up. To my surprise it was heavy and hard more like a rock. On quick examination it had all the characteristics of a potato. I walked back to our bench, held it up and asked my friend, “What is this?” He said, “A potato, of course”

When I let him hold it, he said, “It’s a rock or a rock potato.” We sat and gave it a serious examination and agreed that it was in fact, a petrified potato.

I have since over the years shown it to hundreds of people, with the “before and after” approach, and every one of them has concluded that it is a potato rock. (That is, except for a couple “experts”.) Seeking validation, I took my potato rock to a local science museum. They concluded that it was just a quartz rock called Chalcedony, and not a fossilized potato. I could not agree, for “seeing is believing”. I looked up Chalcedony and found that this mineral frequently pseudomorphs (1) after organic materials. A well known example is petrified wood, wood that has completely transformed into Chalcedony {or one of several other minerals}(2). I took my “rock” to some “experts” at the State Department of Natural Resources. Two of them immediately said it was just a rock, but one said it should be x-rayed to tell for sure.

This remains for me to get done. My research reveals that petrification can occur when the cellular cavities of an organic object become saturated with a liquidized mineral,(usually Quartz or Silica), and become hardened over time and conditions of burial and climate changes.

On close examination you can see externally, that my rock is as a potato due to:

1.Color, shape & size; 2. Various skin textures and color tones; 3. Potato “eyes”; 3. Fiber-like material in apertures; White “meat” areas where skin removed.

1. Pseudomorph: A mineral possessing the external form characteristic of another.

2. www.minerals.net

 

Another Potato Rock Story
Posted: December, 16, 2007

PETRIFIED POTATO

I've found a lot of strange things over the years, and this Petrified Potato has to rank in the Top Ten strangest finds.

Considering how many states I have traveled through and/or lived in, I hope you will forgive me if I can't be entirely sure where I found this odd bit of History. All I know is that it had to be somewhere between Phoenix, Arizona and Crescent City, California. I have kept this Potato safe and happy for over 15 years.

The Potato is 5 3/4" long and about 3" wide. A good sized baker. It weighs only 4 ounces.

It looks just like a standard garden-variety potato. Same color. Same indentations you would expect. But it's so light! And it's certainly no longer edible.

After reading the potato stories on this web site, my husband and I have decided to have someone take a look at it. I'll let you know what we find out.

Annette Halischak

Steubenville, OH

 

Stick a fork in it!

Posted January, 2008

I found this potato rock while walking along the
railroad track in Ridley Township, Pa. January 2008.

Regards,

Michael
 

 

 

Dinner is Ready

Posted April, 2008

Hi,

I found this rock this morning while digging up bushes and my girlfriend posed it next to a steak and salad to bring the picture to her job at a restaurant...everyone was fooled.

Thanks for your web site and please feel free to add our "potato" to your picture collection.

Thanks,

Jim

 

Finish Your Potato!

Posted May, 2008

I found one in my garden today.  It is also white on the inside.

Found it near Lake Superior.

Larry Mantta

 

 

 

 

 

 

Potato RockAnother Potato Rock found in a Garden
Posted September, 2008

Hello I found this rock while watching my husband roto-till our garden. I thought it was a real potato he had tilled up. What a surprise when I picked it up and it was cold and rock hard. When i show it to people they always ask me if it could be a petrified potato. I tell them anything is possible. The first image shows an "eye" the second shows a long blemish. one end is even a little wrinkled looking as if it was beginning to spoil.

Like you I love my potato rock too!!!

Julie

 

Take Your Pick!
Posted April, 2009

Found in Oklahoma, Bruce has found a Potato Rock as well as a Sweet Potato Rock.
“An odd rock, looks like a small potato, has a agate like chunk sticking out of one end, and it's heavy for it's size 1.5" x 2.25" x 2.74”. -  Bruce

Potato Rock

 

 

Wow!  This Tater Had a Few Bruises, But Still a Nice Potato Rock!
Posted May , 2010

Potato RockI found this @ 20 years ago while off-roading on the mountains surrounding Lake Havasu, AZ.  We stopped in a clearing that looked like a perfect camp site for somebody but it still seemed we discovered it ourselves (we were in a very remote spot and made our own path to get there). I was at the edge of the area and looked down and saw the old rotten potato and felt bummed that others had been there before.  I kicked it aside an felt the weight, very heavy for it's size, picked it up and was immediately fascinated. "Hey, I found a petrified potato!", I called to my friend, he agreed.  It was unlike any of the other dark, small, jagged rocks it the area, it stuck out like a sore thumb.  It haves many eyes, some tiny hair line fissures and a few rotten spots, (I am very familiar with them as I had to clean and dig out the rotten spots from thousands of bulk potatoes when I worked in a restaurant in high school).  It also haves some old, rock-hard dirt on the skin indicating it was buried at one time.  I use the word skin because over the years it had gotten scratched revealing a totally different color and texture just under the paper thin covering.  It is also irregularly shaped like a potato, not round like a river rock, yet it's smooth and haves a natural slight sheen to it.

 My own theory is that it was found somewhere else by someone, (possibly a native American dug it up while farming), then brought it to their camp, at that site, and cast aside being an inedible rock, then I stumbled upon it, literally, many years later.

 I have shown it to many of my friends and family, all smart educated people, albeit no one in the business of ancient side dishes, many skeptics among them, and the evidence only points to the same conclusion by all... that it IS a petrified potato!

 That's my story and I'm sticking to it!

Thanks,

Steve Bush

 

 

 

Deer Hunt yields a very nice Potato Rock!
Posted April 4, 2011. 

Potato RockMy nephew and his friends have a hunting club with several deer stands. My grandson Calvin Chilton had shot a deer just before sunset and when all the hunters exited their stands, My Nephew Billy Knight, His Daughter, and his friend Jason Murray went looking for the deer in the woods, while I was looking for the deer, I stepped on what I thought was a potato until I picked it up and it was a rock that looked just like a potato. I got permission to keep it and I brought it home with me in Reidsville, N. C. I have a set of balance scales and I weighed the Potato rock and it weighs two pounds plus or minus and ounce. My friend Mr Ed English and I go to the same church and he I consider is an expert with rocks. He said it looked like Quartz, He advised me to hold onto it. I have had a lot of fun with it, everyone I show it to thinks it's a Potato.  “A potato until I say hold it and they say it's a Potato Rock!”

Sincerely
Henry Evans
Reidsville, N. C.


 

Enid Oklahoma Potato RockPotato Rock Found in Enid, Oklahoma!
Posted May 30, 2011

Found this in Enid Oklahoma on May 27, 2011 while building a new apartment complex.

Looked down on the ground and saw a potato... so I picked it up and it was a rock :-)
Don't feel the need for a reenactment video..... (besides both Yul Brynner and  Charlton Heston are dead) they were the only actors who could pull it off.

A. Douglas
Guthrie, Oklahoma

 

 


 

Potato Rock Found in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia!
Saudi Arabia Potato Rock
Posted August 4, 2011

This petrified potato, found in 1969 by my father Mr Michel Dib while on expedition with the ministry of petroleum. in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

This potato head  was carbon dated by the BRGM ( French buro of geology) lab, to 3000 years old when the desert was an arid land

It is now with me in the UK. I hope you find that interesting .

Submitted by Charlie Dib.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 


 

Potato Rock found in Newbrunswick, Canada!
New Brunswick Potato RockPosted August, 27, 2011

My daughter was playing in a field and found what she thought was a rock and gave it took me and I had a look at it I knew it was a potato. A “Petrified Potato”!  so I sent it to the Saint John museum  of Newbrunswick, Canada and  they said it was quartz and they wanted to cut it open!  I said no...  I was suppose to bring it to a rock specialist but I never did but I got offered 5000 for it but it wasn’t enough  I never heard about another one  found in Canada yet.

I have now had it in my possession for over 17 years now, and it is for sale for the right price!

Contact Keith at  keithcarroll@hotmail.ca if you have an interest in this find. 

 


 

Potato Rock with Curious Drawn Markings-  Very Interesting!
Posted September 20, 2011

Rockland New York Potato RockWe live in Rockland County, NY an area known for it's alluvial deposits. We were however pleasantly surprised to find this wonderful "potato rock" in our yard while doing some landscaping. 

On close inspection we found on what had been the underneath side of the rock, the appearance of some kind of drawn on markings..faint but too regular to have been natural.

When held in certain light you can see round shading where the "hands" might be on the upper left and right "arms"...very interesting. This is on the  bottom down point as we found it.

Please feel free to share it. I just think they are an incredible link to a very distant past. 

What a unique object to have.

F. White

 

 

 

 

 


Maryland Potato Rock
Posted September 25, 2011

Maryland Potato RockOur Potato Rock has been in our family since 2006, however, it has been buried in our yard for a very long time, I suspect. 

We moved into our little farmhouse in October of 1991 in Baltimore, Maryland and in 2006 we broke ground in order to build an addition.  We went from a 2 bedroom to a 4 bedroom house.  We also added a basement. Our excavator was digging this basement in October of 2006 when he spotted this potato rock from atop his machine.  He stopped the machine, got down and picked it up, thinking it was a potato.  We were shocked to find out it was actually a rock.

Since then, my boys and I (as well as my students, as I've taken it to school a couple of times) have wondered: Could it be a petrified potato?  Is it a dinosaur egg?  Could it be a geode?  What's in it...and what is it?  Yesterday, my 15 year old picked it off my desk and said, "Why do you still have this"?  I said, "You know what, let me Google it".  And the rest is history...We found your website!  How cool!  What is it, anyway, and what is in it?

Thanks for doing this!  We don't feel so alone anymore!

Charissa

Baltimore,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pennsylvania Potato RockPennsylvania Potato Rock
Posted December 9, 2011

 

I found this potato rock in a barn I was dismantling in southwest Pennsylvania. I picked it up, certain that it was a potato. But it is hard and heavy. It even has indentations like there were "eyes."
 


Cordially,
Scott Frederick

 


 

 

 

Portugal Potato Rock
Posted February 23, 2012

Portugal Potato RockMe and my boyfriend found 'potato weight' on a beach in Portugal. It immediately struck as us looking very potato like but we presumed it was a rock and thought nothing more. We packed it in our suitcase as we thought it would make a lovely paper weight hence the name.
 3 years passed and one evening for some random reason it came into my thoughts. I found it and was convinced it was actually a fossilized potato. Why it took me 3 years to realize this I do not know. We then found this website which has made me very happy, particularly the parts about money! But in all honesty I don't know if I could part with potato weight we have grown close.

G,J  & Potato weight xx

Portugal Potato Rock

 

 

Minnesota Potato Rock
Minnesota Potato RockPosted March 4th, 2012

My Great Grandpappy found this in his garden in Minnesota and gave it to me 25 years ago. I always told people it was a petrified potato but nobody believed me. My 8th grade science teacher even laughed in my face when I showed this to him. I am very proud of my red potato rock. Thank you for having a nice tater site.
Samantha Doro

Right: picture is the potato rock

Bottom Left is the rock with 2 real potato's

Bottom Right is the potato rock with many assorted potato's

 

Minnesota Potato Rock


 

Colorado Potato Rock together with Maryland Potato Rock
Posted April 17th, 2012

Colorado Maryland Potato RockThe Potato Rock portion of this story started at some point in the mid 70's, we're not really sure specifically when, but that's how the 70's were. One rock was discovered in Colorado, the other in Maryland, both were picked up as really unique rocks, something that each person had never before seen, both were discovered while on camping/hiking excursions.

The two people in this story are Jack and Jody. They have known each other for 50 some years, since 1st grade. They went through elementary, some jr. high and all senior high at the same schools. They had similar circles of friends, but mostly the circles overlapped and although these two young people knew each other, the friendship between them did not exist yet.

They did what many people do; had girl and boy friends, got married several times, had responsible jobs and enjoyable hobbies, had no children. Over the course of the next 30 years their paths crossed several times but mostly just came very, very close to crossing. Then came Facebook!  Jack was poking around one day looking for high school acquaintances and came across Jody and asked her to be his friend . She accepted and during the course of their becoming reacquainted, Jack mentioned that he had a great rock that he found out in Colorado and he had carried it back with him across the country. Jody mentioned that she also had some rocks that she carried around with her from place to place and how that Jack was the only other person she had ever known that carried rocks with them from place to place throughout their lifetime. Fast forward 2 years. Jack and Jody are in a relationship with each other. One day they are talking about the rocks again and the fact that they are both shaped like baked potatoes came to light. Very, very curious, they both thought.  They each took photos and e-mailed them to each other. Jack phoned Jody after receiving her photo and said, "I think you better go look at your e-mail RIGHT NOW!  Jack brought his rock to Jody's house and that's how they (the rocks) came to be side by side in the photo. Jody found the web site for the Potato Rock Museum and well, this is our story and we're sticking to it. Here are 2 rocks, possibly 3000 years old, providing yet another sign to these 59 year old youngsters.

"Geologists have a saying - Rocks remember"  Neil Armstrong

Jack and Jody
 


 

Trabuco Canyon, California Potato Rock
Who stole half of my Baked Tater!!!
Posted May 8th, 2012

Trabuco Potato RockI found this half of a potato rock in Trabuco Canyon, California after a rain. It is the size of an actual potato. 

What kind of rock do you think it is?  I found another one years ago. 

Just thought I'd send it to you since I found your site.

Thanks,

Debbie

 

 


 

Connecticut Potato Rock- We have a Stowaway!
Posted May 25, 2012

Connecticut Potato RockI went shopping and bought a 5lb bag of potatoes.  When I got home my dinner menu needed mashed potatoes when I got to the bottom of  the bag there was this "HARD " potato, I looked at it ad strangely it looks like a real potato but it was so hard.  Low behold...   a petrified potato!    Strangely enough we enjoyed a good meal and a great conversation piece,     Glad I found this web site!  Very interesting indeed.

Oh....  the Potato on the bottom is the Petrified Potato Rock. 

 Thank you,
Annette Suares , CT

 

 


 

Nova Scotia, Canada Potato Rock- Served up on a Sandbar.
Posted June 14, 2012

Nova Scotia Canada Potato RockThis Potato Rock was found on a beach 13th June 2012 at Blue Sea on the Malagash Peninsula in Nova Scotia, Canada. It was on a sand bar not usually exposed except at very low tides. We thought it was a potato that had been washed up, and so did everyone we showed it to. Now a prized possession amongst our beach finds!

Regards

Graham Hutchinson

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

Candor, New York Potato Rock- In search of Treasure!.
Posted July 3rd, 2012

Potato Rock DiscoveredI found this potato rock on July 1, 2012 in Candor, NY. We were in the forest using a metal detector to look for metal objects near some rocks that we believe to be the remnants of the foundation of an old home. After getting a signal in one spot we dug down a foot or two and found some very old metal nails and spikes and a piece of an old iron stove. Much to my surprise, we also found this amazing potato rock! It was buried in the dirt but it was so round and smooth that I knew it was not a regular rock. It looks exactly like a potato (with eyes and everything), but it is definitely a rock! You really cannot tell that it isn't a potato until you pick it up.

Jen

 

 

 

Ypsilanti Michigan Potato Rock- From an Ancient Garden!
Posted September 15th, 2012

Petrified Potato RockI found it at my home in Ypsilanti Michigan. I had just moved into a new place and decided I should clean up the yard and start a garden. It was in may 2012 when I was digging behind my shed and taking the big rocks that I found and making a pile to get rid of. I went to throw this one in the pile when I looked at it and thought " wow this looks just like a potato". So when I came in for the day I Googled potato rock and found your site. I think it's pretty neat and have shown everyone they think it's hilarious.

Sarah

 

 

Texas Potato Rock- Texas yields Petrified Potato!
Posted September 24th, 2012

Petrified Potato RockWe are in Texas and we were digging the other day and I found some rocks that look like potatoes. My husband thought I was crazy, but I want to see what you think of them. We are always finding shells and other rocks that you can tell once was on a sea shore. This is the first time that we found rocks that looks like potatoes. I would love to hear what others have to say once they are on the web site.  I am sure to hold onto them, like you said they are fun to have.

Irene

 

 

 

 

Potato RockPotato Rock found in sack of Potatoes!
Posted November 24th, 2012

Just this afternoon I went to grocery store to purchase a few things for dinner including a bag of potatoes. To our surprise as the bag was opened and while removing the potatoes to be washed and prepared this heavy "potato" caught our attention. I have never seen anything like it. So of course after much discussion and photos I could not resist Googling this rock. I found your site. Amazing!!!

I have never seen anything like this in my 40 plus years. Thought you might enjoy this. I will definitely keep this as I am sure it will be an excellent conversation piece in the years to come. Happy Thanksgiving.

Gena Foster

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another Potato Rock found in sack of Potatoes
in Rancho Mirage, California!
Posted February 19th, 2013

Rancho Mirage California Potato RockSo, my potato is certainly not as rare as I thought ! I was a produce clerk for ten years, so I know my potatoes. When I was assistant store manager at the Vons (Safeway Co. store) in Rancho Mirage, California, a lady brought this in to me with a complaint. She had bought a 10 lb. bag of potatoes and this was in it. I was flabbergasted. I gave her a refund for the bag of potatoes and kept this one as a souvenir, as she didn't want it. It has all the markings, and no cuts in it.

Thank you for posting your web page on this.

Sincerely,

Mark Avery

 

 


 

Potato Rock found hidden in the Marigolds
in New Jersey!
Posted May 1st, 2013

New Jersy Potato RockI live in a community town house in New Jersey. I had a bush and two trees removed from my front patio back in 2010. But It was not until Sunday April 28th 2013’ when I made the discovery while planting African marigolds. My first reaction was that I had found the Shankar stone from the movie India Jones and The Temple of Doom.

I made a joke about it, when I called my wife to the front door. Ironically this was her favorite Movie.

So while holding the stone I began Chanting Ohno shba, Ohno shba Ohno shba!!! The stone will be found but you will not Dr. Jones. Needless to say my wife lost it with laughter.

The stone sat in my home a few days. That is when I decided to conduct an internet research.

Luis

 

 

 

 


 


 

Potato Rock Lost in Massachusetts
Posted August 22nd, 2013

I have a sad story to relate. I tell it to you because, well, frankly... I don't think anyone else would understand.

When I was a child, the youngest of ten in a big Irish Catholic family, we came into the possession of a potato rock. 

It came to us in a 10lb. bag of potatoes, and looked so remarkably like a potato that we thought it must actually be a petrified potato, mineralized by some strange process, like a spaceship landing in close proximity to a potato patch. Potatoes grow in Idaho, where there's plenty of space for UFO's to land. 

Or maybe it was an ancient potato buried with an Native American (which we as politically incorrect inhabitants of the seventies referred to as "Indians.") used in some burial rite to signify abundance in the afterlife.

Or maybe it was just a rock that looked like a potato.

At any rate, it became a family jewel. We brought it to show and tell, we would drag it out at parties and pass it around. It had one divot on its surface that fit perfectly the tip of a pencil and looked like a potato eye. For decades we treasured it and fought over which of us kids would inherit it. We were poor, and the potato rock really did seem like the most valuable item in the family. It was destined to be an heirloom.

Then. One day. After vamoosing the last kid (me) our parents decided to up and sell the old house. They packed nearly 40 years worth of stuff up, and in the process, the potato rock disappeared. There has been quiet distrust among us Kelley kids since. Though each insists that he doesn't have it, I know we all secretly suspect that it lay hidden in some safe deposit box, the key to which lay in the possession of one of our sibs.    

I do not have it, I assure you. 

For the sake of family cohesiveness I do not press the issue. But I miss that potato rock. And I'm so disappointed that it will never be featured in the Potato Rock Museum!

Chris Kelley
Massachusetts

 


 

Upstate New York Potato Rock
Posted March 27nd, 2014

Upstate New York PotatoRockI have had this potato rock for probably over a decade. It was found in upstate New York, but the guy who found it was about to toss it! One side has a some marks, but nothing un-potato-like.

I keep this in a zip-lock plastic bag in my refrigerator (with a few drops of water so it looks like there’s condensation). Because if it were a potato where else would it be? And so that once in a while I come upon it again and I am delighted all over again. But one day some 'helpful' visitor will clean out my refrigerator and seeing this obviously not good potato will throw it away for me, so I am glad that I'll at least be able to find it on line!

I'm glad this rock can enjoy it's 15 minutes of fame at some point during its eternity!

It is so great that you provide this place for us potato heads to share!

Gary New York City, NY

 

 

 

 

 


 


 

Northern California Potato Rock
Posted April 9, 2014

Northern California Potato RockI have worked at my job for over 14 years and in the back of one of the buildings that I walk by every day there is this rock. Over the years I have looked for it when I passed by and would say "Hi Potato Rock glad you are still with us." The rock is just a landscape rock which was probably trucked in from some place in Northern California but today...I picked it up! I admired all the little indentations or eyes and just like someone was preparing it to make mashed potatoes, found a large dark spot on the back and cut it out with a knife thus the big hole in the bottom and of course all the sparklely crystals inside. I went online to see what type of rock it was and was bounced all over from one website to another and decided to simply type in "potato rock" cause that is what it is. And then to my pleasant surprise I was not the only one who was excited about their find. Mike thinks it might even be a geode, how cool would that be to bust it open? I think I will leave it just as I found it. But placed strategically on my desk alongside my stapler and tape dispenser---tomorrow I plan to bring in a big fat carrot and sit it next to it and see what people say. Wouldn't that be sad if they didn't even notice? Slow down, smell the roses and enjoy the potato rock, I say!! Thank you for letting me share my silly story about the potato rock. (Attached the same photos)

Shelly Keith
Livermore, CA

 

 

 


 

 

Northeast Oregon Potato RockNortheastern Oregon Potato Rock
Sliced and Fried Tater Rock Anyone?
Posted April 27, 2014

We acquired my father in laws rock collection which he collected about 50 years ago. Most of his collection was found in north eastern Oregon. He found lots of agates, jasper, petrified wood, mammoth teeth and other rock that I can't identify.

I enjoy jewelry making, and acquired a little rock saw with grinding wheels, and have been making cabochons and wire wrapping them for pendants. I saw this rock and wondered what it looked like in side, if it would make a good cab.

I was surprised when it was white inside so I cut two more slices. Then it i noticed ,oh my goodness!, it looked like a potato inside and out. Oh no! did i cut up a fossil!

The inside looks like potato flesh, and the outside has places where eyes could have been. I went to the Internet and discovered your site, and other sites telling me it couldn't be a potato fossil, but it sure looks like a potato and every one I show it to says that's definitely a potato. I don't believe it could have been formed by a glacier. The white wouldn't look just like potato flesh.

Margaret Buckles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

Potato Rock uncovered by dog in Kewanee, Illinois
Posted Posted September 5th, 2014

Kewanee, Illinois Potato RockWhen I was 10 (1981) I was playing in my back yard and found this petrified potato. There is not really a cool story on how I found it. At the time I lived on Main Street in Kewanee, Illinois, so I wasn’t really out exploring. I just found it sticking out of the mud where my dog had worn the grass down from running back and forth at the end of his chain.

It is hard like a rock but very light and I am assuming this is because it was broken in half before the petrification which caused the inside petrification to be more porous. That’s just my educated guess from my year of Physical Geology at community college. So I am no expert by any means.

Thanks!
Casey

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Potato Rock discovered in Dhar district of Madhya Pradesh state of India
Posted October 13th, 2014

Dhar India Potato RockMyself  VINAYAK SAKALLEY from INDIA. First of all thanks for your reply to motivate me about Potato rock blog at your website. I have been collecting gems, rocks and coins for many years. I am 30 years old. I am an amateur collector for all these natural things. I am also Indian archeology research seminar member for my region. I am also a registered tourist guide for abroad visitors. I have made several documentaries of my surrounding adventure places for abroad visitors. I live in the Dhar district of Madhya Pradesh state of India country. In my Dhar district the Geological survey also searched many ancient fossils of Jurassic era. I have got a grand experience for exploring gems, rocks, colored stone, and coins collection, ancient weapons stones, since my school summer vacations. I explored such things for my curious intentions and determinations. Many times I also exposed these things through projectors to all the research scholars at Archeological seminar programs. I collect all these things as a researcher. The main theme beyond my exploring is that I like to walk along for miles. My potato rock exploring story is referred to my curious efforts.

Before some years ago, when I walked through a valley area near my town for normal collective purposes then suddenly I saw a potato nestling in the Custard apple tree bushes. That scene was somehow enough to captivate my eyes, and that region was thoroughly steep and bumpy valley type region. As a curious researcher I moved towards the custard apple bushes and picked up that potato. But when I picked it up completely I was very astonished because the bulky weight of that potato was very typical then a natural potato. My mind was staggering and whirling to believe it as a natural   potato. I suddenly cried in an abnormal way oops! Hey it is not a potato it’s a rock. I hit that potato with a heavy rock but it wasn’t crushed. Unbeliever, because I had collected many weapons type stones before this, and my soul said ----Hey man you have searched a unique potato rock which is beyond the facts of stone collectors.

The main theme behind this potato rock was that it seemed exactly a carbon copy of large russet potato with the height of  about 5-6  1/2 diameter  and I could easily  find various open pores on the outer structure of this stone likewise natural potato. I put that potato rock in my pocket and returned to my home. When my mom was preparing food for me at night then I requested her to cut that potato (rock) in bit size pieces. As she was really unaware of that rock type potato, then she suddenly took it and tried to cut into two halves with a sharp knife , she cried  at me oooooooooohhhhhhhhhhhhh Get off this potato from here, it is neither a russet potato nor a white potato. I explained about that potato rock story to my mom then my mom along with my father started laughing, and commented----- Today we would have to eat Potato rock dish recipe. Every member of my society came to my home at once to see that Potato amazing rock.  

While you can also identify another individual photo of this large potato rock. This potato rock is almost exactly the size of a 1 cup measure or about 5- 6 diameter. You can concisely observe on this potato rock a pale brown skin with tiny pores on its outer membrane likewise a natural potato. It is amazing because we know that the tiny pores in the membrane of the potatoes will allow the water molecules to go in and out of the potato cell concentration. I always told people it is a potato rock.. My archeologist friends often visit to this potato rock with grand interest. I am very proud of my large potato rock. Really this is an amazing rock potato. Thanks to all visitors and  please respond to my potato rock blog at my mail address- sakalley.vinayak4@gmail.com  or my face book address VINAYAK SAKALLEY.     
 


 

Potato Rock discovered in Springfield Missouri!
Posted September October 17th, 2014

TerrazzoPotatoRockI feel right at home here with you and the others (and the taters). Thank you for launching such a unique site. I can relate to all.

My potato rock was found by my friend who was putting in a terrazzo patio in my back yard. I love seeking unusual stones of all kinds and immediately fell for this beauty!

My wife and kids all saw the amazing similarity and enjoyed it for years, keeping it among the real ones in a bowl on the counter. (I found a kidney bean rock but lost it, never to find another veggie like stone). We pick it up, admire it, on occasion. (not weird is it?)

Recently our daughter and son in law brought our Grand-kids to visit and it turns out my Grandson has the rock hound fever. I of course showed him the potato rock, and was surprised myself when I found I could not not part with it yet!

I gave him a carved tiger eye, rutilated quartz piece, and a nice Herkimer diamond in matrix. To get him to forget the spud. thanks again for the great site.

Scott Keese   

 

 

 

 


 

Potato Rock acquired in the New England Area
Posted October 19th, 2014

My father ( Joe Kopcych) was a man who liked swap meets, flea markets, auctions anything like that. He lived in Bridgewater, Massachusetts, but he would travel to New Hampshire and Maine, so he more than likely acquired the Potato Pock somewhere in the New England area.  I remember him showing off his Potato Rock to me some 40 to 50 years ago.  The Potato Rock and another “odd rock” specimen was passed on to me when he passed in the year 2000.  See More Info Below!

Thank you
Chris

A note from the Museum Curator: As can be seen above, this is an excellent Potato Rock, but Chris provided me with another picture of a rock that his father Joe was very proud of.  This also appears to be the fossilization of vegetable, fruit, or possibly a gourd.  It is so extraordinary, that I have chosen to start a new section of the Potato Rock Museum.  At this time, the page will be presenting Joe’s odd petrified specimen, but in the future, I hope to add other specimens that fans of this site might have, but will be restricting it to objects of possible petrification, that appear to be some kind of vegetable, fruit or gourd. 
Click Here to go to the “Other Oddities” page.

 


 

Potato Rock acquired in Georgia
Posted November 1st, 2014

GeorgiaPotatoRockThe Mysterious Potato Rock

My husband and I live in a small rural community in Georgia where times are hard and jobs are scarce. He has been digging up metal out of the ground for the scrap yard to help make ends meet.

One fateful day as he was working in one of the holes about 4 feet down, he hit something round with the shovel.  He picked up the object in question; and lo and behold, it was a round rock shaped like a potato! What a marvelous find! I kept hoping eventually he would find some arrowheads or pottery, dinosaur eggs, or Black beard 's treasure. (It is really buried inland to fool people, but I know the truth, it's mine, I tell you, all mine! Muwahahahaha!)

Oh, sorry about that. Lost my head for a moment.  Anyway, I held the wonderful potato rock in my hands and marveled at the small amount of crystalline peeking out of a small indentation and little sparkly spots in the pores of the rock. It is truly beautiful to behold. I am very proud of my potato rock and would like to share my joy of ownership with you lucky fellow potato rock parents.

Perhaps they will bring us luck.

We can only hope!


 


 

Potato Rock, a very recent find in Deming New Mexico
Posted January 14th, 2015

DemingNMThis potato rock was found in Deming New Mexico on January, 12, 2015.  Coincidentally this specimen was found near the gravel pit where the first dinosaur bone was found in the United States. 

“The first dinosaur fossil found in the US was a thigh bone found by Dr. Caspar Wistar, in Gloucester County, New Jersey, in 1787 (it has since been lost, but more fossils were later found in the area).
http://www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/dinosaurs/dinofossils/First.shtml. 

Submitted by “Uncle Dana”.

 

 

 

Potato Rock found in Bonita, California.  A Memorial to Sadie Barker Dog
Posted February 25th, 2015

BonitaCaliforniaPotatoRockOn Friday January 16, 2015 6:04 am, our beloved Cockapoo Sadie Barker Dog died with all comforting her until the end. We built a Memorial to her in our back 40 high on the hill with a pleasant view of Bonita California.

On my daily walks in the Sweetwater River Valley near the Bonita Golf Club I looked for round type stones/rocks that pleased my eye to place on her site.

I visit her site daily to say hi and tell her we miss her, a quiet place to reflect. The other day I was up at her site and saw a stone I had placed there looked exactly like a Russet Potato, our favorite baked.

I put it in foil, took a picture and sent it to my brother Scott saying it was a baked potato. Scott said I should send it to the Potato Rock Museum. He sent me three more messages saying he was not kidding.
I impressed my wife, daughter and grand children with its likeness to the real Russet Potato. I said here is a baked potato for you to take for lunch, they said this potato is as hard as a Rock…I guess they are correct.

Taking my brothers advice I perused your Museum and sent the museum the picture.

 

 

 

 

GeorgiaMother'sPotatoRock2Potato Rock found in Georgia. 
Posted March 20th, 2015

This potato rock was found in a potato sack probably about 45 - 50 years ago in Georgia. When I was very young my mother pulled out a sack of potato's to bake for supper. As she was washing them she realized that this particular potato was to heavy to be a potato and discovered it was a rock. Because it was such an unusual rock she kept it until she passed on and I have kept it all these years.

 

 

 

 

RiverFallsPotatoRockPotato Rock found in River Falls, Wisconsin
Posted May 10th, 2015

We were using a skid steer to create 2 gardens. I was throwing the big rocks we dug up into a pile for landscaping. When I saw this rock I thought it had a unique shape and put it to the side.

When we were done, I washed the rock off and said "hey it looks like a potato" BTW, I've never heard of nor seen a potato rock before.

When I got to my computer, I began to look up how to determine if a rock is an agate or not. In the images section of Google was this rock that looked like mine. I went to the image and low-&-behold it took me to the potato museum.

What a great find!


 

 

 

DallasPotatoRockPotato Rock found in Dallas, Texas
Posted July 22nd, 2015

My husband Tim and I moved into our house in July of 2013. Not long after moving in Tim and our pitty Clarice were in the back yard when Clarice came across our potato rock. She is really bad about snatching raw potatoes to play with. She loves to toss them in the air and chase them down. At first we thought she had dug up one she had hid, but upon closer inspection we saw that was not the case . She is not real fond of this "potato" because it is hard on her teeth.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PippaPassesKentuckyPotatoRockPotato Rock found in Pippa Passes, Kentucky
Posted September 8th, 2015

I found this today on a mountain behind the historical campus of Alice Lloyd College in Pippa Passes, Kentucky.  My 5 lb Chihuahua actually dug it up today. The spot it was found in could have been a garden years ago. I brought it straight in and cleaned it up. It looked more like a potato before I scrubbed it. It looked so much like a potato that I actually Googled if potatoes could petrify and that is how I ran onto your page. I would love to find out what kind of rock it is.


 

 

 

NapierNew ZealandPotatoRockPotato Rock found in Napier, New Zealand
Posted November 11th, 2015

Just found this in the garden and actually discussed with mum what it was?

The least interesting being it's just a rock someone painted for the garden? I shared it on face book last night with my friends and some suggestions were a chunk of hokey pokey .

A potato came up which is how I found you Googling potato rock. And my mum's suggestion again was a dinosaur egg ha ha we had some laughs.

Feel free to share the pics or offer me your thoughts as I read that potatoes weren't around long ago and if they were they were tiny? As you can see my rock isn't small compared to the computer mouse.

Thanks again for taking the time to read and reply. I should mention I am in New Zealand. Yay the mighty all blacks.

 

 

 

CallahanCountyTexasPotatoRockPotato Rock found in Callahan County, Texas
Posted November 18th, 2015

We have a ranch in Callahan County, Texas and I do a lot of rock hunting as I make jewelry from the jasper, agate etc. our ranch is in the Paleozoic Permian Basin. All of the land was once an ocean. I brought back my latest finds from the past weekend and been cutting them when I came across this "mud spud".

Curious if you feel it is a true potato.
 

Love your site!

Thank you-
Tracy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Potato Rock found in Gettysburg, PA
Posted December 1st, 2015

Gettysburg PA-PotatoRockI found this rock in my backyard in 2014 (Gettysburg, PA - about 3 miles from the battlefield). After cleaning it up it looked more like a potato than a rock.

I also found out it has remarkable balancing properties View the rhythm of the Gettysburg Potato Rock in the YouTube Video Link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=31vklBm0GEg

Hail to the mighty Potato Rock!

Cheers!

Brian Sears

 

 

Potato Rock found near Weaverville, California
Posted February, 9th 2016

WeavervillePotatoRockI found the potato rock when I was mining for gold a couple of years ago.  I just the other night started looking online for what type of rock it was and I described it on Google and clicked images and there was a picture of a rock that looked a lot like it, when i clicked on the picture I was brought to the Potato Rock Museum website. 

So I sent in the pictures of mine and asked if the one I owned was indeed a potato rock. Thank you by the way for confirming to me that a potato is what this rock that I have wondered about for so many years as to actually was.

I found it in northern California near a town called Weaverville.

Dustyn

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sweet Potato Rock found near Ashland, Oregon
Posted April, 14th 2016

AshlandOregonPotatoRock1I live in southern Oregon and have been exploring a geological formation called the "Colestin Formation" which is 30-40 million years old. I have found petrified wood, and logs sticking out of the rock at the base of a cliff (those were carbonized rather than petrified).

AshlandOregonPotatoRock2I found petrified palm wood and fossils of conifer shoots with needle clusters. I also found a 6 1/2 inch rock that looked like a brown-skinned sweet potato -- broken in half. The other side of these 2 halves turned out to be a length-wise cross section of a once larger rock. The exposed cross section showed me that it was indeed a petrified plant, possibly a petrified tuber or "sweet potato".

AshlandOregonPotatoRock3I took it home and started sanding the parts that were internal. With each sanding the structure was becoming more clear. It is most certainly a petrified plant and from all appearances it could be a petrified tuber, a petrified "sweet potato". I wish I had the tools to do a proper sanding & polishing. Sanding rock is not easy.

 

I have included a link to my Facebook photo album which has photos of the "petrified sweet potato".

Jim Meissner
Ashland, Oregon

 

 

SalouSpainPotatoRock1Potato Rock found in Salou, Spain
Posted July, 4th 2016

 

I was on holiday on the Costa Dorada in Spain 7 years ago and while paddling along the shore of the Mediterranean sea I saw what looked like a potato in the shallow clear water. I couldn't believe my eyes when I lifted it out of the sea and discovered it was a rock. It weighs over 2 and a half pounds, is 6 inches in length and about 3 and a half inches in width. I love it and have had great fun with it over the years. It is amazing that I got through the security check at the airport with a large rock in my hand luggage.

More Story and Pictures of this find.

 

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Potato Rock found in Casper, Wyoming
Posted October 24th 2016

CasperWyomingPotatoRock1I found your web site and thought I'd send you pics of my potato rock. I found it a few years back at our friend's ranch by Casper Wyoming. We go out there every year to help round up their cattle. Then one year I took some garbage out to burn and looked down and picked up what I thought was a potato. I was surprised when it turned out to be a rock! It fools everyone thinking it's a russet potato.

I always say the potato rock is my most prized possession!
 

Thanks, Sandy

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Potato Rock found in Yakima, Washington has been passed down through 3 generations!
Posted November 1st 2016

My Petrified Potato story.

YakimaWashingtonPotatoRockAs far back as I can remember, there on the dining room window sill sat the 5” long ‘petrified potato’.  Dad cherished it as an anomaly worthy of being displayed.  Upon his passing, I inherited it, along with The Hot Dog Rock that shared the sill.
 Click Here to See the Hot Dog Rock They may have looked like food items. But they were never put on the plate.  I am pretty sure the origins had been told to me but over time I had forgotten them. However, knowing my Dad had delivered potatoes in eastern Washington about 70 years ago, I just figured it was a found item on one of the truck loads.

Recently I posted a picture of it and my uncle shared with me the story of where it was really found.  My Grandma Galland, their mother, found it in a spud sack at Wardell’s restaurant in Yakima where she worked as a cook for many years. It’s been a cherished heirloom ever since.

Now I am not willing to argue the science surrounding calcification of tubers, but for all intents this truly looks like a spud. Even going so far to have the thin outer layer, uniform in thickness, much like the skin of a russet. It has chipped away in some places revealing a different type of inner stone.

So, whether it came from Idaho, or was mixed with a bag of import product from another country (although at that time I don’t think we were importing much in the way of taters) I am sticking to the petrified potato story.

Jerry:  Auburn WA

 

 

Potato Rock found in the Horse River near Fort McMurray Alberta Canada
Posted January 17th, 2017

AlbertaCanadaPotatoRock1Its actually one of my dogs favorite rocks to roll around. She will drag it and likes to hide it in her blanket. She even takes it in the car when she can. She is a little o.c.d. when it comes to playing with rocks. I found it in Horse River near my home.  But some years ago, a wildfire nicknamed “The Beast” did over three billion dollars worth of damage to my town and surrounding areas.  My house survived, but I open my door and everything is ruined.  Everything had to be tossed except solid items due to the smoke contamination it had all sat in for 5 months.  So the Potato Rock survived.  For me this is more than a rock. It’s one of the few items in my home I could wash and keep.  This rock is a symbol of what I had, what I threw away, what I lost, and what I still have. Ps. My dog really wants it back!  But it is mine now!   Anyway...  My dog now is  playing with another rock, so all is good.  I thought I would look into Potato Rocks to see if anyone else has an opinion on this subject hence found The Potato Rock Museum.    Emily.

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Potato Rock found at Bronx Zoo
Posted July 7th, 2017

BronxNewYorkPotatoRockHi,

My potato rock was found around the Mitsubishi River Walk (@ the Bronx Zoo). I only saw the tip coming out of the dirt.  I always bring a spade to dig with. There it was the perfect potato rock. It weighs 5.13 lbs.  And I have even more potatoes from the same area.
Thank you
J. Klipp
Bronx, NY

 

 

 

Potato Rock found near La Rochelle, France
Posted July 30th 2017

In July 2017 I went on holiday to Longeville-sur-Mer, France, near La Rochelle. It was the second day of our holiday and I was walking along the beach with my friend Joe. To our amazement Joe suddenly noticed a potato in the shallow surf washed up on the beach. I bent down to pick up the potato and was amazed by its hard surface! I went back to our rented house and managed to trick my friends by sneaking the rock in with some other potatoes! We were so amazed by our find that we decided to research if any others had found similar rocks and were delighted to stumble upon the potato rock museum

Alex

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Contact me: 
Mike Kelsey at kelsey.mike@gmail.com if you have a Potato Rock
that you would like to have highlighted in the Potato Rock Museum.