Crater of Diamonds State Park, Arkansas
Digging for Diamonds in Arkansas
Do you consider yourself to be a lucky person?
Do you win when playing card games?
Do you occasionally win when playing the lottery?
If you knew that with a little bit of effort and luck you could find your own diamonds or other precious stones would you be interested?
Near Murfreesboro, Arkansas there is a 37 ½ plowed field where, if fortune is smiling upon you, glittering tokens of your love for that special someone can be found.
It is the Crater of Diamonds State Park which was created as a state park in 1972.
"Finder's Keepers" is the rule of the day.
It is the only place in the United States where diamonds and other minerals can be found and kept by the general public in a state park.
The entire park consists of nine hundred and eleven acres and is a beautiful spot to visit whether lady luck is shining on you regarding the finding of gemstones or not.
Since Arkansas touches Texas on its southwest border, hopefully I will get to spend more time in that state discovering more of its treasures.
Arkansas is a beautiful state! My mother and I spent a vacation in parts of Arkansas one year and came away with many happy memories.
The only national park in Arkansas located in Hot Springs was definitely on our list of places to see.
Eureka Springs is definitely worth a trip destination as we discovered. Just outside of Eureka Springs was the beautiful Thorncrown Chapel.
Those were just a few of the noteworthy sites we enjoyed while traveling by car that year.
According to the video below, 2 diamonds a day are discovered in Crater of Diamonds State Park.
Sadly we did not have the time to try our luck digging for diamonds as we had made reservations for lodging ahead of time and had to meet our schedule.
Did you know?
Most people are aware that former President Bill Clinton was born in Arkansas. Many other famous people came from there as well. Here is a partial list:
- Douglas MacArthur
- Glen Campbell
- John Grisham
- Johnny Cash
- Mary Steenburgen
- Louis Jordan
- Bear Bryant
- Sonny Liston
- Billy Bob Thornton
- Al Green
- Helen Gurley Brown
There are many more!
This state park is in an area where an extinct volcano once existed.
Will it ever run out of diamonds? The answer is no. The bed that contains this treasure trove goes down to a depth of 120 miles! With the forces of erosion things will forever be coming to the surface.
Take time to view the video below to learn more information about this site and why some people have actually moved to the area in order to do prospecting on a frequent basis.
Have you ever visited the Crater of Diamonds State Park?
If you did visit the Crater of Diamonds State Park did you unearth a diamond?
With perseverance and a great amount of luck perhaps the next Hope Diamond is waiting to be discovered!
If digging for diamonds does not interest visitors to Murfreesboro, perhaps digging for arrowheads might do the trick. There is an Indian village there where visitors can try their hand at doing just that.
Nearby Lake Greeson and the Little Missouri River offers numerous aquatic activities.
If you have never visited Arkansas, you might wish to put it on your bucket list.
Had you ever heard of the Crater of Diamonds State Park prior to reading this? If you have visited Arkansas or are from there, what are your favorite places to visit?
Please leave your comments below. Thanks!
Addressing the subject of digging for diamonds...
Would you be interested to see if you could unearth a large diamond for yourself or someone you love?
Some people get lucky in finding diamonds in this park!
© 2016 Peggy Woods