Leap into Gold Rush and Make some Discoveries

ID-100118277A tradition in Dahlonega, Georgia is a festival known as Gold Rush Days. The event, rated as one of the top twenty in the Southeast, is celebrated the third weekend in October when the leaves are spectacular in color.
Years ago as a newbie to the state, I vowed to make the festival an annual tradition. Later, I learned the reason behind the celebration.

The Discovery of Gold

The Gold Rush of 1828, began when Frank Logan, a prospector, found gold at Duke’s Creek, a branch of the Chattahoochee River. Benjamin Parks and others also claimed to have found gold in the area. When newspapers published news of the find, prospectors flooded into the region.
I learned of this fact while researching the history of The Old Federal Road the route by which miners transported the gold. I was shocked to learn most of the gold was found on land belonging to the Cherokee Indians. In 1838, the state seized the territory and the Indians were relocated to Oklahoma.
According to “Thar’s Gold in Them Thar Hills”, gold was typically mined by “deposit mining or placer mining.” Gold that eroded from hills and mountains accumulated in streams and riverbeds. Panned gold is known as “alluvial gold” because it is found in riverbeds.
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