It has been more than 100 years since opal was found in Oregon. When the discovery was made public in the 1890's miners
flocked to Opal Butte, eager to get a piece of the action for themselves. When it was discovered that the supply of material at Opal Butte
was limited, commercial mining operations shut down and the site became the province of rockhounds.
While this was true years ago, the site since had to close the site to rockhounds at the request of the new land owners.
The land has changed hands a number of times in the past six years.
The new land owners are no longer able to provide a site for digging.