Scenic USA - Georgia
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Dahlonega Gold Museum
|Photo by Ben Prepelka
Most American history students are very familiar with the 1848 Gold Rush in California and the famous Comstock Lode in Nevada, but they may be surprised about an earlier gold rush in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Georgia. Here in Cherokee Indian Country, in today's northern Georgia, a gold discovery in 1828 sparked a flood of fortune seekers. Illegal claims and land annexations soon lead to the creation of a new Lumpkin County, with Dahlonega (meaning yellow or gold) as the County Seat. During the first ten years more than 1.7 million dollars of gold bullion was shipped to the Philadelphia Mint. By 1838, a branch of the U.S. Mint opened in Dahlonega, coining more than 6 million dollars in gold over the next 20 years.
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