Cumberlandite and bowenite, RI's state stones
Cumberlandite and bowenite were declared the Rhode Island state rock and mineral, respectively, by State Resolution No. 268 in 1966. I have made the interesting text of this resolution available online below. You can compare the text to its source, scans I made of the 1966 Rhode Island Acts and Resolves, further below; here's the scan as a high resolution TIFF. Michigan's state rock, Petoskey stone, is misspelled as "Petrosky stone". (Does anyone have any information about Joseph A. Thibodeau? Did he push for recognition of cumberlandite and bowenite?)
No. 268 S 439 Approved May 26, 1966. --- Resolution designating Cumberlandite as the state rock and Bowenite the state mineral. Whereas, All states have adopted certain forms of nature as official emblems of the state; i.e. flowers, birds and/or trees and animals; and Whereas, California has added to their state emblems Serpentine as its state rock, and gold as its state mine- eral; and Michigan has designated Petrosky stone its state rock; and Whereas, Rhode Island is in the unique position of having a rock, Cumberlandite, found in no other plaee in the world than at Iron Mine Hill, in the town of Cumberland; and Whereas, Bowenite, originally thought to be neph- rite jade, was found to be a different serpentine min- eral by Dr. George Bowen, in 1822, is present in small quantities in the limestone deposits of the state; now, therefore, be it Resolved, That the general assembly of the state of Rhode Island and Providence Plantationes adopts and designates Cumberlandite as the official state rock and Bowenite as the official state mineral; and be it further Resolved, That the secretary of state be and he here- by is authorized and directed to transmit a duly certi- fied copy of this resolution to Joseph A. Thibodeau, 57 Lubec street, Providence, Rhode Island.