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Rose Rock

The rose rock, our state rock, is one of Oklahoma’s naturally occurring resources.
Rose Rock

Rose Rock

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Timberlake Rose Rock Museum

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Show 0707: Rose Rock
Air Date: February 18, 2007



Rob McClendon: One of our naturally occurring resources is also our state rock. Megan Lawrence takes a poetic look at the rose rock.

Megan Lawrence: Within the Garber sandstone, the barite crystal grew; the Oklahoma sand gave it a reddish hue. Seawater bathes it, and as the flower grows, God turns its shape into a lovely rose. For over 35 years, Nancy Stine and her husband, Joe, have made collecting the state rock a passion.

Joe Stine: The barite crystallizes as plates, tabular plates, and each of those plates in the rose rock is a petal of the rose.

Megan: Rose rocks are unique to Oklahoma and are found in sandstone located in the heart of the state.

Stine: Garber sandstone is named for the town of Garber where it was first described and then correlated on down into this area and clear down to the Red River.

Megan: As owners of the Rose Rock Museum in Noble, Okla., they see tourists from all around the globe.

Stine: A lot of people come in and say they never heard of it before. Somebody brings them in.

Joe and Nancy sell the rose rocks, making different products, from jewelry to a statue with copper leaves in the form of a rose.

Nancy Stine: Well, the neat thing about it is, the heat from the welding torch gives it a reddish color and the new growth of a rose is red.

Megan: And their state pride doesn’t stop there. The Rose Rock Museum carries all kinds of Oklahoma products for travelers to enjoy.

Nancy Stine: It’s got to be Oklahoma. In fact, everything we sell in here, we try to keep it Oklahoma as much as possible; if not, at least the USA.

Megan: Becoming ambassadors for not only the rose rock but also the entire state of Oklahoma.