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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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  • Spent a day there. Now I can say that I have been there. Hot, no shade in mine field, very crowded at the wet cleaning areas. I did buy the T-shirt tho. Crystal mine in Mount Ida was more fun and you ...  more »
  • Three generations went diamond hunting, but we came up empty handed. We still had a good time digging, washing and sifting the stones out of the clay mud. We found Quartz and calcite. The day before t...  more »
  • The park is beautiful, but wish we had come during cooler weather. All staff was very nice and the dig was fun, although it rained. I am very glad we did this, but I think it is a one time trip.  more »
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  • It's a great place to look for a little adventure and, if your lucky, you may even find a beautiful gem. The facility is clean and the staff is knowledgeable and friendly. There are staff members that can help you identify any gems you may find. The park is well maintained, although there is a lot of trash scattered throughout the diamond field. It would be nice if visitors would pick up up after themselves. There are trash and recycle bins all around. The park has trails, campgrounds, a water park, and of course a diamond mine (aka field). You can rent or purchase equipment at the visitors center, but i would suggest bringing along your own bucket, shovels, and gloves to save money. Sunscreen and extra water is a must if your visiting in the summer months because it gets hot when your out in the diamond mine/field. Be prepared to get dirty and if it rains be sure to pack an extra pair of shoes and/or clothes to change into when you are ready to leave due to the mud/dirt being difficult to clean off. I've been to the park twice so far and have enjoyed every minute of the experience. I will definitely go back there again.
  • I liked the opportunity to try to become rich but it didn't happen. We had 4 kids from ages 10 to 15 and they had fun. They would have had more fun in the pool but we didn't have the time. I recommend making time for the water park there. I wish they had had more shade and a snack bar, but there is neither and IT'S HOT there!
  • I have had this on my bucket list for quiet a few years. My sweetheart made it happen. We went at a really nice time of the year, may8-12. Not to hot and lucked out and no rain until the evening before we left. Took my lil pug baby and we went digging. Didn't find a diamond but I was not disappointed. We had a wonderful time with 2 days of digging. The park was beautiful and well kept. We had our little camper and the perfect spot! All the workers and staff at the visitor center were really nice and helpful. I will be coming back! Thanks for a Wonderful stay. Louisiana Family
  • My family had a blast here! We "mined" for a few hours, ate at the cafe on site and then enjoyed the water park. Top notch facilities and a great place to meet people from everywhere. When we were walking through the parking lot there were plates from near and far.
  • My kids just weren't into it. They had fun for a little while. It was actually a lot of work. Digging, sifting, carrying buckets of rocks. Just wasn't for us. Maybe would return without the kiddos.

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