Wegner’s Crystal Mines

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The Ouachita Range runs east to west, squeezed between North America’s other ranges, and for that reason (or maybe not), its geological richness coughs up all kinds of crystals and diamonds and petroleum products. Proprietor Richard Wegner of Wegner’s Crystal Mines outside Mt. Ida, is a happy rockhound transplanted from Chicago decades ago. Not only can you dig up crystals, he says if you’re nice you can camp on his 218 beautiful, environmentally friendly acres (surrounded by National Park on two sides), and fish in his lakes. Tell him MO sent you.