Gold has been an important part of North Carolina's history since 1799, the date of the first authenticated discovery of gold in the United States. North Carolina was the nation's only gold-producing state from 1803 until 1828, and continued as a leading producer until 1848 when gold was discovered in California.
The life of farmer John Reed would have been long forgotten had it not been for a chance event one Sunday in 1799. On that day, Reed's son Conrad found a large yellow rock in Little Meadow Creek on the Reed farm in Cabarrus County. This rock reportedly weighed 17 pounds and for three years was used as a doorstop at the Reed house.
In 1802 a jeweler identified the nugget as being high quality Gold. He purchased it for the price of $3.50. 1/10 of 1 % of its true value.
Little Meadow Creek
Large nuggets have been found at North Carolina gold mines. Many large gold nuggets were found at Little Meadow Creek, on the Reed Gold Mine property, starting with a l7 pound nugget. So many nuggets were found at this creek that the area next to the creek was called "The Potato Patch", the digging of nuggets having been likened to digging up potatoes. Much of North Carolina is covered by National Forests which have beautiful streams where families can enjoy panning and prospecting for gold and gems. When gold prospecting, treasure hunting or collecting gems and minerals, don’t worry if the stream is small. Little streams often have gold or other minerals or gem stones of interest.
Paydirt needed from this area.
In the surrounding county's around High Point are some of the best locations for finding Gold as well as a wealth of other minerals and Gemstones. Everything from Rubies, Garnets, Emeralds and Gold are found in these areas today.
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Best places in North Carolina for Gold Panning and recreational Prospecting:
Heavy gold deposit concentrations occur between Morganton and Rutherfordton, all around Gastonia, all around Charlotte, and near Concord, Salisbury, Albermarle, Lexington, High Point, Asheboro, Robbins, Chapel Hill and Burlington. There is a concentration of gold near Andrews in Cherokee County that was commercially mined three times in history.
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