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Tom Ashworth’s Prospectors Cache Gold and Treasure State information:

Arkansas was visited by Spanish explorers in the 1540’s
and had at least one major gold discovery. The gold mine the spanish found
is today called “The Old Spanish Diggings”, but the early spanish missed
one thing, diamonds. The Crater of Diamonds State Park is located in Pike
County Arkansas . The largest diamond ever found was “The Uncle Sam” which
weighed in at 40.23 carats. There are many areas to rock and gem prospect
throughout the state for amethyst, agate, jasper, quartz, calcite and
barite. The states main periods of gold prospecting occurred between 1800
and 1830. Both silver and gold have been found from the Ouachita Mountains.
Gold here is often found in manganese stained quartz viens. In the Ouachita
Mountains located in the Ouachita National Forest are public lands and
open to non commercial rock hounding and prospecting. Check with district
rangers before doing any activity.

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