Crater of Diamonds State Park, Murfreesboro

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Crater of Diamonds State Park is a 911acre Arkansas state park in Pike County, Arkansas, in the United States. The park features a 37.5-acre (15.2 ha) plowed field, the world's only diamond-bearing site accessible to the public. Diamonds have continuously been discovered in the field since 1906, including the Strawn-Wagner Diamond. The site became a state park in 1972 after the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism purchased the site from the Arkansas Diamond Company and Ozark Diamond Mines Corporation, who had operated the site as a tourist attraction previously.HistoryIn August 1906, John Huddleston found two strange crystals on the surface of his 243acre farm near Murfreesboro, Arkansas, and soon became known as the first person outside South Africa to find diamonds at their original source. The following month, Huddleston and his wife, Sarah, sold an option on the 243acre to a group of Little Rock investors headed by banker-attorney Samuel F. (Sam) Reyburn, who undertook a careful, deliberate test of the property.After 1906, several attempts at commercial diamond mining failed. The only significant yields came from the original surface layer, where erosion over a long period of time had concentrated diamonds. In the early period, 1907–1932, yields from this "black gumbo" surface material often exceeded thirty carats per hundred loads (50 mg/Mg) (standard 1600-pound tramload of the early period). Highest yields from the undisturbed subsurface material (described as kimberlite or volcanic breccia by the U.S. Geological Survey) were two carats per hundred loads (3.5 mg/Mg) in 1908 and about two carats per hundred short tons (4.4 mg/Mg) in 1943−1944.
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  • Its great for a family day out. If you dont go expecting to get a bunch of diamonds and just enjoy the experience you will enjoy this. Be prepared to get really dirty. It is as advertised they say you...  more »
  • This is a large area and mining is not easy...tho we just had to try it. Ground was hard and hadn't been plowed in some time which made digging difficult. Area around sluice trough was very muddy and ...  more »
  • This trip to the United States we went to Dallas to take a year and a half son and three-and-a-half-year-old daughter to this park to see, along the way the Internet message is completely useless, without the ipad there is no noise, the city's children are lying on the mound of the sky, Gave them a small bag to put in the stone they wanted to take away, and a year old boy grabbed the dirt. At the end of the course no diamond was found, but the one they were opening was the diamond in our hearts. After ten years with husband, they will grow up and take them again.
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  • It was exciting for a little while. (We expected we would be tired in an hour or two.) So basically you walk through a building to enter the park and walk down to the dirt field and dig. That's it. I wouldn't recommend for families that have children under the age of 8. (Due to lack of A/C or heating and the conditions of the weather.) This is definitely a cool spot to visit.
  • This is a great activity for the family. They have a video you can watch to get the idea on how to do it correctly. I advise that all of you not only watch it before you go but also at the park before you go out in the field to search. There was a young boy who had found a diamond was getting it verified as we walked by. It was just like they say...it sparkles like a cut diamond.
  • 7 bucks each and you can dig per say from dawn to dusk! It's in the sun so bring that big floppy hat!You can rent digging tool for cheap,or bring your own.Teenage girls do not seem too fond of digging for diamonds. Once I caught sight of a mad girl child.She stomped everywhere she went.At the end of her hunt in the examine room,her only rock she picked up in 4 hours happen to be a 3+ yellow diamond!!! Great place.
  • RV park exceptionally nice. Each RV spot is spacious with plenty of privacy in a wooded area. We'll kept bath house and laundry. Our spot was easy to back in and very level. The power outlet had reverse polarity which maintenance fixed very quickly. Diamond 'mining' is just digging in a dirt field. Lots of work for two days and not anything resembling a diamond. Had more fun in northern Idaho mining garnets and opals, at least we had something to show for our efforts.
  • VISIT THIS PLACE!! I went when I was a child, and wanted so badly to bring my kids. About a month ago, we made the drive and it was SO much fun! Did we find anything? Nope! Did we have a really good time being outdoors and playing in the dirt? YES! Just be aware that if you rent tools, there is a very steep deposit (it's refundable). It took my back about 6 days to put that back in my account. Just a little something to keep in mind.

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