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12-Year-Old Boy Finds 5.16-Carat Diamond at Crater of Diamonds

12-Year-Old Boy Finds 5.16-Carat Diamond at Crater of Diamonds

September 30, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

While traveling to Fayetteville, Arkansas, to spend some summer vacation time with family there, the Dettlaff family from Apex, North Carolina, decided to drive 100 miles out of their way to have some fun at Crater of Diamonds State Park. They’d experienced gem mining in the mountains of their own state, but had never visited […]

Plowing for Diamonds in Arkansas

Plowing for Diamonds in Arkansas

November 20, 2012 by · 2 Comments 

Crater of Diamonds State Park is the world’s only diamond-producing site open to the public. On average, two diamonds are found each day at the park. The state park’s policy is finder-keepers. What park visitors find is theirs to keep. Diamonds come in all colors of the rainbow. The colors found at the Crater of […]

37 diamonds found at the Crater in January

37 diamonds found at the Crater in January

February 25, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

January (2012) was a great start to the Crater of Diamonds 40th year as an Arkansas State Park, with more than 1,600 people visiting and 37 diamonds certified during the month. Visitation rose nearly 60% over totals from last January, and four additional diamonds were registered, according to news release. Arkansans residents registered 28 diamonds in January, […]

Crater of Diamonds State Park Report Successful Year

Crater of Diamonds State Park Report Successful Year

January 22, 2012 by · 2 Comments 

Looking back over the past 12 months, the year 2011 has been a successful one for park visitors who hunted for diamonds in the 37 ½-acre search area at Arkansas’s diamond site, the Crater of Diamonds State Park. According to Park Superintendent Justin Dorsey, over 500 diamonds were found by visitors last year. Of the […]

Hilton of RV Parks

Hilton of RV Parks

August 17, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

The same guy who helped to bring the NBA to Memphis is now driven to shake up the RV Park and campground industry with his fledgling enterprise, RVC Outdoor Destinations. Andy Cates is eager to show RV owners and outdoor enthusiasts how different Catherine’s Landing, one of RVC’s five upscale developments, is from typical RV […]

More Days Are Diamonds…

More Days Are Diamonds…

May 8, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

During the past month I’ve reported on two Arkansas couples finding diamonds at the Crater of Diamonds, an Arkansas state park known for allowing visitors to dig for diamonds and keep what they find. The search area is a 37.5-acre plowed field. The park calls itself the world’s only diamond-producing site open to the public. […]

Tornadoes: The What, When & Where

Tornadoes: The What, When & Where

May 4, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

Tornadoes are nature’s most violent storms. People, recreational vehicles, cars, and even buildings may be hurled aloft by tornado-force winds—or simply blown away. Most injuries and deaths are caused by flying debris. A tornado is a vertical funnel of violently rotating air extending from a thunderstorm to the ground. The most violent tornadoes are capable […]

Some Days Are Diamonds…

Some Days Are Diamonds…

April 2, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

Arkansas, The Natural State, is blessed with an abundance of geological wonders. Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro, the only diamond-producing site in the world open to the public, stands out as a unique geological “gem” for you to explore and enjoy. An Arkansas couple found a flawless 2.44-carat silver white diamond at the […]

Army Corps Campgrounds Upgrades: Arkansas Ozarks

Army Corps Campgrounds Upgrades: Arkansas Ozarks

March 9, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Improvements to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ campgrounds around Norfork and Bull Shoals lakes south of the Arkansas-Missouri state line have been upgraded, the Baxter Bulletin recently reported. Most of the improved campsites can now accommodate 50-foot recreational vehicles and offer 50-amp electrical service in addition to the basic amenities. Along with the bigger, reconfigured […]