Diamonds are a well-known find in Arkansas, but they aren’t the only dazzling rock that can be mined within the state. Most folks aren’t aware that the quartz found in Arkansas is some of the highest quality found in the entire world. Only Brazil comes close to matching the purity of our crystals. Although there are a good handful of crystal mines around the state, one in particular has some impressive bragging rights. Ron Coleman Mining not only has a large, high-yielding crystal mine, they have also uncovered ginormous crystals upwards of 2,000 lbs. Let’s see if we can strike gold, er, quartz rather, at this unique rock ranch.Ron Coleman Mining is quite an extraordinary rock ranch.
It’s one of the few “dig-your-own” quartz crystal mines in the U.S. as well as one the oldest continuously ran mines in the state. Arkansas may be known as the diamond state but it’s not the only precious gem that’s abundant in the area. Ron Coleman’s is located at 211 Crystal Ridge Ln., Jessieville, AR 71949.The mine is situated on part of the 170-mile quartz crystal vein that runs through the state.
This vein is why the crystal mines are all clustered around the Ouachitas. Mount Ida is officially known as the Quartz Crystal Capital of the World.Anyone can try their luck at digging.
Tediously comb over the soil with a chisel and sifter, or just hit the hill with a gardening spade. Some families spend the whole day at the site while others stop by for a quick dig on their way to Hot Springs.Ron Coleman Mining has produced some jaw-dropping finds.
The most recent giant to be dug up was this spectacular chunk weighting 2,000-lbs. and estimated to be worth $3.5 million. Keep in mind this isn’t even the largest crystal that’s been mined from Coleman’s, though. The slightly larger 9-foot, 3,000-lbs. mammoth is on tour in western part of the U.S.If the chance for striking quartz isn’t thrilling enough, you can also venture along the mine’s zipline.
Maybe you’ll spot a gleaming crystal while zipping over the mine.Even if you don’t dig up the next world record, you won’t leave empty handed.
If you don’t find your digging fee’s worth of crystals, you’ll earn credit towards their gift shop crystal selection.This is one family adventure that is well worth the drive and dirt.
Stop by Ron Coleman’s anytime between 8 am – 5 pm. Dig permits are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, and $5 for children ages 7-16. For more information, you can visit their website right here.
You can see the latest crystal finds by following their Facebook Page, too.
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