Forest City, H5

Forest City is a seminal American fall that was studied by some of America’s earliest dedicated meteoriticists.

A detail of note regarding this fall: a stone “about as large as a cake of soap” was documented to have fallen directly into a haystack, and it was not hot enough to ignite the hay.1 ¬†This and other observations made by a geologist who visited the fall lend credence to the controversial observations that suggest that most meteorites are cold to the touch when they hit the ground.

George F. Kunz’s report on the then-recent fall can be read here: Winnebago County Meteorites.

informationFrom: Science, Vol. 15, No. 380 (May 16, 1890), pp. 304-305. The Winnebago County (Iowa) Meteorites, by George F. Kunz, Joseph Torrey and Erwin H. Barbour.

Here’s a 145.040 gram half stone, ex. Field Museum:

And a 25.1 gram end-cut from an older collection:

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