About two diamonds are unearthed each day, adding up to more than 75,000 diamonds discovered since the first one found by local farmer, John Huddleston, in 1906. Over the years, several large diamonds from the Crater have been cut into D Flawless stones. Most diamonds found are too small to be cut, but they make valued souvenirs of a trip to the state park. Additionally, over 40 types of semi-precious stones and minerals, including amethyst, banded agate, jasper, garnet, quartz, and hematite, wait for discovery in the black soil. Again, finders keepers, and no loser weeps because digging is all in a day’s fun.
Some prospectors walk up and down the plowed rows looking for the same sparkle that caught Farmer Huddleston’s eye over 100 years ago. Most prefer to get down and dirty mining with garden tools or a shovel, and sifting the loose soil through a screen. Tools are available to rent, but generally, folks tote their own. Any tool is permissible to search for diamonds as long as it does not have wheels, a motor, or battery power.
Traveling in their motorhome several months each year, Arline and her photographer husband, Lee Smith, make their permanent home in Heber Springs, Arkansas. She currently is a presenter for Workamper Rendezvous, sponsored by Workamper News. Arline has dozens of magazine articles published, as well as five books: “Road Work: The Ultimate RVing Adventure” (now available on Kindle); “Road Work II: The RVer’s Ultimate Income Resource Guide”; “Truly Zula; When Heads & Hearts Collide”; and “The Heart of Branson”, a history of the families who started the entertainment town and those who sustain it today. Visit Arline’s personal blog at ArlineChandler.Blogspot.com