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Thar's Gold in Them Thar Hills: Gold and Gold Mining in Georgia, 1830s-1940s

When thinking about searching for gold deposits in United States, some may automatically think of the intense activity that took place in California during the middle of the 19th century. Thus it may be of some surprise that there was also a significant amount of gold mining in Lumpkin County in the state of Georgia during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. This fine digital archive from the Digital Library of Georgia brings together legal, financial, promotional documents, photographs, and postcards that represent the flourishing interest in gold mining during this period. The photographs and postcards are definitely worth a look and the primarily depict mining methods along the Chestatee River and at the Findley Mill. The collection is rounded out by a listing of relevant "Players and Places" in this story and a number of suggested readings.
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Date of Scout Publication 2005-03-11
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