Crater of Diamonds State Park, Murfreesboro

#2 of 85 in Nature in Arkansas
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.
In 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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  • We love it going there with the kids and friends we definitely going back pretty soon place is very clean we love it  more »
  • Great place for families, couples, and retirees. In fact, if you're 100% military disabled, the price is reduced by 50%  more »
  • This was my second trip to the park, and I had just as much fun as the first time. The campgrounds were full when I attempted to make reservations, but will definitely call earlier when I plan my next trip in May. 4 hours of digging in the dirt just flew by, and we found lots of pretty rocks for our collection. The older kids had just as much fun as the younger ones. We stayed at The Queen of Diamonds and ate at the Mexican restaurant. It was a great trip. Great family memories.
  • A must visit place to experience your luck. It's same as like lottery ticket but you get fun playing in mud/gravel. I had one of the best experience trying to dig for diamonds. If luck is in your favor you might get a diamond here. The place is really calm. There is a campground. Trails around the park. The place has restaurant and water play for kids these two are seasonal open from memorial day to labor day. Staffs are friendly and has a smiley face all the time. The place is welcoming for all ages. There are rental options for all the needed equipments. Try your luck. I feel the time spent is here a needed experience for all ages. Ages 6 and above - $10

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