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January 3, 2013

by Chris Tacker

Research & Collections

Every now and then I get tired of answering the same questions over and over again, so I write something to treat that question in detail. Then when I get the question, I direct the questioners to the article, roll over and go back to sleep.

The first article addressed the question of  The First Gold Rush in North America: North Carolina or Georgia?  Looking into the question in detail yields some interesting results.

Schoolkids in North Carolina are taught the story of Conrad Reed, skipping church to shoot fish in the creek, and finding a huge gold nugget instead. That was in 1799.  Gold was first discovered in Guilford County, North Carolina, and sent to Governor Josiah Martin in 1774. Gold was later found in Virginia in 1787, as recorded by Thomas Jefferson himself. The reality is that “gold fever” spread exactly like a disease, starting at the Reed…

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