Digging for Diamonds in Arkansas

In a 37 acre field in Southwest Arkansas people come from all over the world to dig for diamonds. A massive volcano brought diamonds to the surface of the earth in this the only diamond producing area in North America open to the public. We camped right in the Crater of Diamonds State Park. Marc had to back into the tight spot, but after a couple tries was successful. Our camp sight was right on the path to the diamond field. We learned how to dig a bucket of dirt, take it to the wash area and use a double screening method to sort through the earth. The park rangers showed you just how to swish the screens to deposit the heavier stones on the bottom of the screen. They made it look so easy. We spent the morning going through buckets of dirt. Marcus and Caroline had so much fun with digging and screening. Marcus even asked to take his shoes off, which if you know him you know he never takes his shoes off outside. We took a break and went back to our house for lunch. One of the great things about staying right there. The campground had paved sights and was very well kept. After lunch we headed back to the field. The kids had the best time playing in the mud and dirt. I don’t think I have ever seen them so muddy. Marc and I spent another few hours going through buckets of dirt. We didn’t find anything more than some crystals and pretty colored stones, but the kids said it was one of the best days ever and that is worth more than any diamond.

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  1. Jill

    Hey guys, Please find the Cappetta’s some diamonds as we did not hit the Mega lottery. At this rate, you guys will see the entire United States by the end of the summer and we can sign up the Perry children right here in Bucks County for fall schooling. We would love to have you as our neighbors 🙂

  2. Mom & Eddie

    Sure looks like you are having fun! Marcus, I’m proud of you getting so muddy. Caroline, wish we had diamonds in the garden dirt, you & I would probably find them.

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