LAWRENCE COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - Lazarus Gordon and his siblings are digging their way to fame and fortune at the Yellow Wolf Mining camp in Lawrence County.
The idea is to get dirt, put it in a little screen, and put it into the flume. There is constant creek water running through it.
Lazarus Gordon, 5 years old, loves this. He said he is "gem mining."
Lana Flannagin, one of the co-owners said, "rubies, emeralds, sapphires, fluorite and different kinds of quartzes," are there for everyone to find.
Lazarus said his aren't very pretty, but he is just happy with his treasure.
"A crystal, oh wow that's pretty! And another crystal, and I don't know what this is," he said.
But that's ok, because there are people and maps to tell you what's what.
Lana said you never know what you can find.
"You might find arrow heads. You might find flint. You might find pretty creek rocks. And we have a few Alabama garnets," she said.
This year yellow citrine is also a good find. All of course are "in the rough." You can have them cut or just polish them yourself.
Her husband, Stephen Flannigan, reminisces about when they began.
"A little over a year ago, we got started. My wife wanted to start up a project. She was really into the minerals and the rock specimens," he said.
Stephen said everything here is centered around family.
"I built a late 1800's homestead to view. We've got walking trails and then the gem mining operation," he said.
There is also a playground, wooded hiking trails, and much more.
"All of our gem stones come from Franklin, North Carolina. There's a Johnson family that has a big mine in the Cowee Valley, anything from rubies to emeralds to sapphires," said Lana.
It's a diamond of an opportunity to dig up some precious stones and precious family time in Bobby's Bama.