Arkansas farmer makes diamond discovery in road rut

Mufreesboro, Arkansas, September 12, 1906: John Wesley Huddleston, local farmer and land speculator in Pike County, has made an extra-ordinary diamonds discovery along the side of the road and even in the ruts of the road that passes through his 253 acre farm southeast of here. This road goes right into downtown Murfreesboro. It is the busiest road in the county; yet, no one has ever found these sparking gems on it before.

Huddleston actually found his first two diamonds back on August 1st, while looking along side the road for traces of copper, iron, or lead. Horse hooves had ripped up the grass on the road, and wagon wheels had plowed deep ruts, apparently churning up the diamonds that were safely hidden just below the surface.