Talk:Georgia Gold Rush
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An unsourced statistic reports total gold production as 1 to 1.5 million ounces. On the other hand, USGS Professional Paper 610, page 119, gives total production as about 870,000 ounces. Unless I see a reliable source cited for the 1 to 1.5 million ounce figure, I'm inclined to use the USGS figure.Plazak 03:41, 19 March 2007
Prior to 1828
There is local folklore of Spanish miners being nearly everywhere in the US. Is there some historical basis for mentioning Spanish miners in northern Georgia, or is this just a local myth? We need to cite a reliable source here.Plazak 03:48, 19 March 2007 (UTC)
I went to school in Dahlonega (Lumpkin Middle) and we were taught that gold was originally discovered in 1828 by a man named Benjamin Parks who tripped over a large gold nugget while deer hunting. I have no historical facts to back this with, but someone might. I believe it comes from a book called "Gold in Them There Hills". The author's name was Kenimer and she was purported to be the grandmother of our school principal.
Edit: I found evidence that confirms what I was saying: Kenimer, Doris Bray. Gold in Them Thar Hills. Gainesville, Ga.: Matthews Printing Co., 1980.
from http://dlg.galileo.usg.edu/dahlonega/bibliography.php —Preceding unsigned comment added by 184.108.40.206 (talk) 17:37, 25 September 2007 (UTC)
—Preceding unsigned comment added by 220.127.116.11 (talk) 20:59, August 24, 2007 (UTC)
Gold Rush Holiday
I feel that the annual Gold Rush day celebrated in Dahlonega should be mentioned somewhere here (as it is also call Gold Rush). It is interesting because it is a local holiday for which they close the schools and the entire town square (to traffic). It's sort of a festival atmosphere with vendors, gold panning, and music.