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He's never really stopped to count them, but Jerry Wilson of Yeagertown has a story for every one of the rocks, gems and fossils in his collection.

"We have all crystal here. Different colors," said Wilson, pointing proudly to one of several shelves of colorful crystals. They came from different places in the United States. We are what they call Rock Hounds."

In just the upstairs portion of his collection, several states and countries are represented.

Pointing out coral pieces from Costa Rica, Wilson added "I have things from all over the world. And holding a crystal next to it, Wilson added "This piece came out of Mexico."

The 75 year old retired steel worker says his interest in geological finds began nine years ago as a way to remember his trips around the country with his wife Gwen.

"When we travel I like to pick something up or have a memento to show where we've been. Then I bring it home and I label it. And if I don't know what it is, I get on the Internet and try to find out what type of rock it is."

To better show off the collection, Wilson highlights some of the rocks and crystals with special lighting. Between trips, Wilson is in constant touch with fellow rock hounds from around the country.

" I run into people that's willing to trade some of their items for some of my items. It's just a lot of fun," he said.

Parts of his collection came from mines. Others were found at tourist areas. But much of his display was found with just an eye to the ground.

"You take your time and you look," Wilson explained. "You always walk with your head down and you find quite a bit," he added with a chuckle.

And Wilson's hobby has expanded from just collecting items to converting some of the stones and gems into beautiful jewelry. And with several more trips planned, Wilson says his next concern is where to put everything he brings home.

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