When Lawrence D. Faux first invited his future wife, Wanda, over to his place, she looked at his decor and asked: "Why do you have all of those rocks on the wall?"
His feelings were a little hurt at her lack of appreciation for his framed displays of arrowheads and other Native American artifacts, but he's since recovered and she's learned to appreciate her husband's collection.Faux is a semi-retired Dugway Proving Ground employee in charge of issuing lawn care items to post tenants. On his own time, he has amassed more than 6,000 artifacts, including obsidian arrowheads and pottery pieces.
He says hunting for relics isn't as easy as it used to be, because of the antiquity laws that protect historic sites. He advises collectors to follow the laws to avoid problems.
Most of Faux's collectibles are surface finds, many from the area that's now the Fish Springs Wildlife Refuge, south of Dugway. He says a man named "Trapper" Jim Harrison originally owned the land and invited him out, saying the artifacts were so thick a person could walk on them.
"Of course I thought he was pulling my leg, but I took him up on his offer, went down there and I couldn't believe my eyes. That year alone I must have picked up at least 3,000 artifacts," Faux said.