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Dahlonega Gold Museum

Dahlonega Gold Museum Twenty years before the 1849 gold rush to California, thousands of gold seekers flocked into the Cherokee Nation in North Georgia, beginning the nation's first major gold rush. The towns of Auraria and Dahlonega grew and prospered with this mining activity. Between 1838 and 1861, more than $6 million in gold was coined by the U.S. Branch Mint in Dahlonega.

The Dahlonega Gold Museum, located in the old Lumpkin County Courthouse, offers visitors a look at the mining history of Georgia. Gold coins minted in Dahlonega and nuggets; one weighing more than 5 ounces; are on display.

A 23-minute film describes the mining techniques and lifestyles of the prospectors through interviews with members of the long-time mining families. In the town of Dahlonega, visitors can shop for gold nuggets and pan for gold.

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