The First “Gold Rush”

Gold mining in North Carolina

In 1799, the gold that would drive a nation west to California still glistened in the streams and hid beneath rocks and mud. It went largely unnoticed and would continue to be for another 50 years, when a mad call west echoed throughout the country. The original “gold rush” – which conjures up images of miners and ghost towns of the American West– took place a lot earlier than most think.

And in an entirely different part of the country.

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