North Carolina Gold Mines
“Knowing Where to look is as important as knowing How to look” Brian ‘Charlotte49er’ Herbstreit
The first gold discovery in the United States occurred in 1799 when young Conrad Reed went fishing in Little Meadow Creek in Cabarrus County, North Carolina. The 17-pound nugget he found was used by his family as a doorstop until they figured out what the strange rock was. This chance discovery set off the first gold rush in the nation’s history. For more than a century, men extracted gold from the rolling hills and valleys of the North Carolina piedmont, as well as from the high peaks and rugged mountains of the western part of the state. Prior to the California Gold Rush of 1849, North Carolina led the nation in production of this precious metal and was the largest gold-producing state in the South well into the 20th century.
Author: Hairr, John/ Powell, Joey
Series Title: Images of America (Arcadia Publishing)
Binding Type: Paperback
Number of Pages: 128
Publication Date: 2004/11/03
Dimensions: 9.12 x 6.48 x 0.33 inches
The largest lump of gold, found in the United States, was dis-
covered on the Reed plantation in Cabarrus county, N. C.
It was about 8^ inches long, 5 inches broad and an inch thick,
and weighed 28 pounds avoirdupois.
Gold Rush Guys have many Books & Maps of Virginia, North & South Carolina and Georgia related to prospecting for gold, The Civil War and even Ship Wrecks! Many of these are out-of-print or maps that date back 100+ years! We are located in Charlotte, NC in the heart of the Carolina Gold Belt.
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