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Dahlonega in Lumpkin County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Calhoun Gold Mine

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Calhoun Gold Mine Marker Photo, Click for full size
By David Seibert, May 2, 2010
1. Calhoun Gold Mine Marker
Inscription. Famous Calhoun Gold Mine where it is said vein gold was first discovered in Georgia by white men.

In 1828 while deer hunting Benjamin Parks, of Dahlonega, accidentally found quartz gold in pockets or lodes. His find was so rich in gold that it was yellow like yolk of eggs.

Shortly after discovery this mine was sold to U.S. Senator John C. Calhoun, of South Carolina. It was operated by Thomas G. Clemson, son-in-law of Calhoun, and some of the gold was used to found Clemson College, S.C. Specimens from this mine are exhibited at the State Capitol in Atlanta.
 
Erected 1953 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 093-1.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
 
Location. 34° 29.305′ N, 83° 58.387′ W. Marker is in Dahlonega, Georgia, in Lumpkin County. Marker is at the intersection of U.S. 19 and Calhoun Gold Mine Road, on the right on U.S. 19. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Dahlonega GA 30533, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Findley Ridge (approx. 2.4 miles away); The Station (approx. 2.7 miles away); Price Memorial Building (approx. 3 miles away); Auraria (approx. 3 miles away); Lumpkin Court House (approx. 3.1 miles away); The Public Square (approx. 3.2 miles away); Singleton/Wimpy/Gaillard Homeplace (approx. 3.2 miles away); Dahlonega Mustering Grounds (approx. 3.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Dahlonega.
Calhoun Gold Mine Marker Photo, Click for full size
By David Seibert, May 2, 2010
2. Calhoun Gold Mine Marker
Looking north: Calhoun Gold Mine Road is in the foreground, and US Highway 19 to the right, headed north. The marker is well hidden in the reddish clump of bushes to the left.

 
Regarding Calhoun Gold Mine. The site of the mine is on private property.
 
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Calhoun Gold Mine Marker Photo, Click for full size
By David Seibert, May 2, 2010
3. Calhoun Gold Mine Marker
US 19 looking south is to the left; Calhoun Gold Mine Road, leading to the mine, is to the right.
 

 
Credits. This page originally submitted on May 13, 2010, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 1,264 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 13, 2010, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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