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Cleveland in White County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

White County's Gold

 
 
White County's Gold Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, September 18, 2016
1. White County's Gold Marker
Inscription.  The largest gold nugget discovered east of the Mississippi River was found by John Phillip Thurmond on April 14, 1889 at the Hamby Mines in Northern White County. The nugget weighed 504 pennyweights and four grams, which is about 25.5 ounces. The nugget was once in a museum in London, England.

In 1952, Jere Chambers found a large nugget near his home four miles north of Cleveland. This nugget weighed 89.2 pennyweights. Its worth at the time was about $156.00.

The first discovery of gold in Georgia occurred on Alabama Branch, a tributary of Dukes Creek in Nacoochee Valley in 1828 in what is now White County.

John Withrow made a similar discovery at about the same time on the old Lovelady property in Habersham County. Shortly after, gold was discovered in Indian Territory between the Etowah and Chestatee Rivers and "The Rush" was on.

Gold was mined commercially in this part of the state for over 100 years.
 
Location. 34° 35.831′ N, 83° 45.795′ W. Marker is in Cleveland, Georgia, in White County. Marker can be reached from the intersection
"The Discovery" Statue<br>(<i>marker is located behind the statue</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, September 18, 2016
2. "The Discovery" Statue
(marker is located behind the statue)
Given in memory of
Eugene Emerson Adams
by
Annette Braswell Adams
of Courthouse Square (North Main Street) (U.S. 129) and East Jarrard Street, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is located on the Old White County Courthouse Museum grounds, beside the walkway on the north side of the building. Marker is mounted vertically, at ground-level, on a large stone. Marker is at or near this postal address: 20 Courthouse Square, Cleveland GA 30528, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Mustering Grounds (here, next to this marker); Old White County Courthouse (a few steps from this marker); White County (within shouting distance of this marker); Cleveland (within shouting distance of this marker); Mossy Creek and Rock Springs Campgrounds (approx. 5.6 miles away); Discovery of Gold (approx. 5.8 miles away); Nacoochee Indian Mound (approx. 6.8 miles away); Early Trading Post (approx. 6.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cleveland.
 
Also see . . .
1. White County marks 'discovery' of gold with bronze statue. Gold was first discovered Georgia in 1828 in the White County by a slave in a tributary of Dukes Creek in Nacoochee Valley of what is now White County. Gold was also discovered in the nearby city of Dahlonega in Lumpkin County the same year. These discoveries sparked the first U.S. gold rush. (Submitted on April 1, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. Gold Discovered in Georgia. Not generally known is that the 1828
Old White County Courthouse Musuem (<i>north side view; marker visible beside walkway</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, September 18, 2016
3. Old White County Courthouse Musuem (north side view; marker visible beside walkway)
discovery of gold in Georgia was not the first time gold was found and commercially mined in America. In 1799, a farmerís son found a large 17-pound gold nugget in a creek in Cabarrus County, N.C. It was three years before the farmer found that it was actually gold. Other farmers also found gold and by 1804 some commercial mining was underway. But, word of the discovery of gold in North Carolina never spread, so Georgia is often credited with the nationís first gold rush. (Submitted on April 1, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

3. Georgia Gold Rush (Wikipedia). The Georgia gold rush started in 1829 in Lumpkin County and began spreading rapidly. The Macon Telegraph reported that in "the winter of 1829 and 30, when the precious metals having been discovered in great abundance upon our Cherokee soil, great numbers of people from Georgia and other States rushed to the Territory in search of its treasures." By the 1840s gold mining in Georgia saw a sharp decline, as the gold began to "play out". (Submitted on April 1, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on April 1, 2019. This page originally submitted on March 31, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 86 times since then. Photos:   1. submitted on March 31, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.   2, 3. submitted on April 1, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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