Crater Diamonds State Park

Crater of Diamonds State Park

209 State Park Rd., Murfreesboro, Arkansas, USA

The Crater of Diamonds is quite unique, in that it is the only Diamond Mine open to the public, in the whole world. The first diamonds were found here in 1906, by the original owner, John Huddleston, a local farmer. His discovery was the cause of the diamond mining rush in America.  The site of the diamond mine was made a State Park in 1972. The site and it’s buildings, including the Guard House, Mine Shaft Building, equipment and foundations are some of the best preserved examples of the Diamond Mining Era.

In the late 1800’s, diamonds were discovered in the peridotite soil of Kimberly, South Africa. Hearing this, the state geologist John Branner, who knew there was the same peridotite soil just west of Murfreesboro, Arkansas. He decided to investigate the area for diamonds, but never found any evidence that they were there. In 1906 after purchasing his 160 acres, John Huddleston found the first 2 diamonds laying on the ground. All he knew was that they were “glittering pebbles”, and had never seen anything like them.

Since the first diamonds were discovered around 1906, over 75,000 diamonds have been discovered here at the Crater of Diamonds mine. Over 60,000 visitors visit this diamond mine to try their luck at finding diamonds.

There have been some very interesting and noteworthy diamond finds at this mine. The largest documented diamond found here is the 40.23 carat “Uncle Sam” diamond found in 1924. There have been many others found from 3 carat to 34 carat, and of varied quality.

The policy of the Crater of Diamonds “finder’s keepers”. If you find a diamond, it’s yours, no strings attached. Prospectors search 37+ acres of plowed dirt, what remains of an ancient “diamond bearing” volcanic pipe. Heading into this area, you will be enter the Discovery Center, where you will learn all about diamonds, and the methods of finding them. The park staff will provide free ID and will certify any diamonds found.

Digging and screening equipment is available for rental.

Date posted: 5th February, 2013

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