Pining For Gold Mining: Diamonds Are Arkansas' Best Friend
It's a whole new type of laid-off travel; gold mining is back with a vengeance and oftentimes, the richest veins are closer than you think. All this week we'll be digging deep into the USA's dirt to uncover the best spots for sifting your way into a small fortune, or at least one month's rent. Any suggestions or questions? Let us know.
Gold prices may be hovering around the very tempting $900 an ounce, but diamonds are still very much in demand, and we figured that you'd need something to set into your newly-wrought gold jewelry. Take some business away from DeBeers and go hunting for your own gems outside of Murfreesboro, Arkansas at the Crater of Diamonds State Park.
Armed with a campsite, the Park attracts people from all over the south for days at a time as they try their hand at digging for the rough stuffkeep in mind that they won't be perfectly-cut, clear stones just lying there in wait for you. Nonetheless, the park's website lists daily finds which include a 1-carat find on May 30.
Since it's a State Park, there is no fee to enter the area, but to search for diamonds expect to pay $7 per adult and $4 per child over the age of 4; this allows you to keep your findings and blab about your $7 diamond all around town. The field is 37 acres large, so there's plenty of room should you show up on a busy day. We recommend calling ahead to see when they'll be next plowing it, just so the pickings are fresh.
· Crater of Diamonds State Park [Official Site]
· Panning For Gold Makes a Comback [Jaunted]
· Gold Mining Coverage [Jaunted]
[Photo: Crater of Diamonds State Park]