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        America's First Gold Rush | Georgia Stories

        News of the discovery of gold in north Georgia spread as quickly as a lightening strike and prospectors poured in just as fast. The boomtown of Auraria sprung up to accommodate miners, but later mining activities centered in Dahlonega. Frank Moon, a fifth generation gold prospector describes how gold fever gets in one's system as he demonstrates panning for the shiny ore. The last real effort to mine gold in north Georgia was in the 1930s. Mining efforts have included dynamiting the mountains, crushing the rock, and even blasting the hillsides with water cannons.


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