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"Thar's Gold in Them Thar Hills"

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About the Web site: "Thar's Gold in Them Thar Hills": Gold and Gold Mining in Georgia, 1830s-1940s consists of selected legal, financial, and promotional documents as well as photographs and picture postcards that represent episodes of renewed interest in gold mining in Lumpkin County during Reconstruction, at the turn of the century, and during the Depression. Culled from three archival collections at the Lumpkin County Library of the Chestatee Regional Library System, the selected textual materials cover the late 1830s through the early 1940s, but focus primarily on the period between Reconstruction and the turn of the twentieth century. By contrast, the photographs and postcards depict mining methods employed from the 1900s through the 1940s along the Chestatee River, at the Findley Mill, and at the Lockhart Mine. Correspondence to Dahlonega attorney Wier Boyd documents the activities of the Rider Mine (1868-1883), the Yahoola and Cane Creek Hydraulic Mining Company (1868-1883), the Consolidated Mines (1879-1882), and the Phoenix Gold Mining company (1891-1892). In-depth descriptions of mining operations and techniques are found within the prospectuses of the Dahlonega Consolidated Gold Mining Company, the Dahlonega Gold Mining and Milling Company, and the Findley Gold Mining Company of Georgia. In addition, Memoranda of deposit from 1838 to 1905 document the Branch Mints in Dahlonega and Charlotte. As these materials focus on the period after the Civil War, there is scant mention of area Native Americans, or the Cherokee Removal ("Trail of Tears").

Collections: Library of Congress Subject Headings

Creation of the Web site:The following Chestatee Regional Library System, Georgia HomePLACE, and Digital Library of Georgia staff and student assistants contributed to the production of the "Thar's Gold in Them Thar Hills" Web site:

Publisher: The Digital Library of Georgia, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, GA 30602

Date: 2004

Publication status: This work is the property of The University of Georgia Libraries. It may be used freely by individuals for research, teaching, and personal use as long as this statement of availability is included in the text.

Editorial notes for XML TEI version: Quotation marks retained as data except inside q tags; Errors in transcription of the text controlled with Microsoft Word spell-checker; text has also been thoroughly proofread.; Corrections and normalization represented by editorial tags. All unambiguous end-of-line hyphens removed.

Master image file details: 300 dpi, TIFF 4.0

Finding aids: The Digital Library of Georgia/GALILEO provided assistance in the digital conversion and encoding of the finding aids as a part of the Georgia Homeplace initiative. Support provided by a Library Services and Technology Act grant administered through the Georgia Public Library Service. Encoding by ByteManagers, 2004.


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