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[edit]

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)

Spanish gold mines still exist. Perhaps the folks at Smithgall Woods could site a source. Randy Golden (talk) 17:06, 12 July 2013 (UTC)

Benjamin Parks[edit]

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.

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Gold Rush Holiday[edit]

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.