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Frank Moon, a fifth generation gold prospector, local Dahlonega bookstore owner Bill Kinsland, and Dr. Ray Rensi at Dahlonega''s North Georgia College describe how news of the discovery of gold in north Georgia spread as quickly as a lightening strike and prospectors poured in just as fast. The United States Mint even set up a branch in Dahlonega for several years until The Chestatee River had numerous mines along its banks, with rich placer.

Our miners will teach you everything you need to know about striking it rich. Once found, your gold will be put in a bottle for you to keep as a souvenir. Our gold panning instructors encourage interaction, and are experienced in the field of panning. Many of our panners regularly compete in gold pan competitions. The biggest concentration of gold was found in White, Lumpkin, and northern Cherokee counties in Georgia.

The gold in the Georgia Gold Belt was close to 24 karat purity. Gold mining in Georgia saw a brief resurgence in the s, when miners brought the hydraulic mining technique back from California. However, the mining industry again fell into a slump during the Civil War , and the Dahlonega Mint closed.

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Although Georgia was the first place in the USA to experience a fullfledged gold rush back in the ''s, most people in America think. The richness of the newlydiscovered mines soon brought together a large number of miners from Georgia and the adjoining States. Your mining adventure starts here! In the s a series of gold strikes from ia to Alabama caused such excitement that thousands of miners poured into the region. This southern gold rush. Dawsonville, Georgia. Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile.

With gold mines and prospecting sites in 37 counties, Georgia has been home to some important gold finds and is a popular draw for those seeking good fun that may be profitable as well. To keep the activity safe for individuals and the environment, some rules. Dahlonega, Georgia might not be the first place Americans think of when they hear the words "gold rush. So while in the area to visit its amazing wineries, fall foliage and outdoor experiences, don''t miss this town that offers a true goldmining.

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Tensions had already existed between Native Americans and white settlers since the Creek Nation had been driven out of the area years prior. Therefore, this existing tension was only further aggravated as mines were spreading like wildfire in most of the Northeast Georgia counties, including even the most northeastern county, Rabun.

In response to this law, the State of Georgia divided up Native American lands and held a lottery to auction the lands off to bidders. Indeed, the Cherokees participated in the tragic Trail of Tears winter march to designated reservations in Oklahoma. Soon after the forced relocation of the Cherokees outside of the state, gold reserves started to dry up in , with many sources unable to be mined due to a lack of suitable technology.

Furthermore, around the time of the onset of the California Gold Rush in , miners moved en masse out of the state. To further exacerbate the decline of the region, while a federal congressional branch mint that was commissioned to be built in Dahlonega, the mint was plagued by political wrangling and lack of trained personnel to run the mint. Even though hydraulic mining technology was discovered to extract more gold from veins found deep in the hills, the onset of the Civil War disrupted full usage of the technology to bring back a full gold mining industry to the region, and caused the then-Confederate government to close the branch mint in Dahlonega.

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Indeed, it took extensive revitalization efforts in tourism to revive the area to its reputation today, and even then population growth has only mainly been realized in Dahlonega. Other Northeast towns and county seats like Blairsville, Tallulah Falls, and Clayton have experienced oscillating population changes and very slight modern-day populations. All the way from where Dahlonega now stands, to Nuckollsville there were men panning out of the branches and making holes in the hillsides.

In Georgia extended its authority over the area, and two years later the land was raffled off in a lottery. Although they resisted this land grab through the courts, the Cherokees were eventually driven west on the Trail of Tears into what is today northeastern Oklahoma. The gold rush era survived the Cherokees in Georgia by only a few years. The early s saw a dramatic decline in the fortunes of the Southern gold region.

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