History Timeline

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9/21/1906
Local farmer, John Wesley Huddleston, finds the first diamond at what is now Crater of Diamonds State Park.

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7/15/1952
“Millar’s Crater of Diamonds”, a commercial enterprise, officially opens.

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12/10/1971
Commission action to create park


3/13/1972
Initial land acquired for the park.


4/16/1973
Act 859 signed to create the park.


1975
Business was a bit slow at the park until 1975, when Mr. W. W. Johnson found a 16 1/3-carat white diamond on the surface of the field. It was cut to 7 ½ carats and named the “Amarillo Starlight”.


9/1976
State applies for Diamond Park grant. Grant that will be matched by the state. Plans call for the construction of 50 – 100 “class A” campsites, a new entrance road to be built between Presley’s Rock shop and the Prairie Creek Bridge; a new VIC and extension of water and sewer lines to Murfreesboro.


9/30/1976
The earth at the Crater of Diamonds is being bull dozed and plowed. Jim Cannon states “I really don’t know what it will do; this is the first time the soil has been turned to this extent. I have hopes it will improve the diamond hunting over a period of time”. Friday, a county bull dozer, operating on state funds, turned over the first few feet of top soil. After the field is “dozed”, plows will turn more of the soil.


1977
The Kahn Canary diamond was found. It was bought and named by Stan Kahn of Kahn Jewelers in Pine Bluff, AR. It has been lent to Hilary Rodham Clinton to wear at her husband’s inaugurals, both as Governor of Arkansas and as President of the U.S.


5/1978
The Crater of Diamonds State Park hires a new interpretive geologist, Harry Harnish, and will begin guided tours of Arkansas's diamond site.


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