I Love the Ark-La-Tex: Crater of Diamonds State Park

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Wednesday, June 12, 2013 - 5:13pm

Murfeesboro, AR (KMSS) — Just like Marilyn Monroe said, "Diamonds are a girl's best friend." Maybe not every girl, but I know one girl who was more than willing to pick up some new best friends on a trip up to Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfeesboro, Arkansas.

I had high hopes of finding the perfect diamond, but when I got there, I became a little worried; the park was packed! Would there be any diamonds left for me. Luckily, I found a park ranger who eased my worries.

Even though the first diamonds were found in 1906, about 2 diamonds a day are still found at the dig site.

The park and dig site wouldn't even take place if it weren't for a man named John Wesley Huddleston, who spotted some sparkles in the dirt as he was feeding his hogs. Testing confirmed the sparkles were diamonds. Since then, millions of people come every year to try their hand at digging for diamonds.

I felt lucky in my search, but I brought along my park interpreter to make sure I was digging properly. He told me I really didn't have to "dig" at all. Most of the diamonds recovered are found in the top few inches of the dirt.

I quickly filled my bucket full of dirt and went to washing the dirt to look for diamonds in it. It took a while, but after shaking and washing and then reshaking and washing, I came away empty handed. Although I can't like, it was the most fun I've ever had digging in the dirt.

And that's just another reason I love the Ark-La-Tex.

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