3 mi. S of Dahlonega off GA 60, Dahlonega, Georgia
Photo taken by pam phillips in September 2015
+34.56163, -83.9865734°33'42" N, 83°59'12" W
CALHOUN GOLD MINE <—-1Mi.—–
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 loads. 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.
093-1 GEORGIA HISTORICAL COMMISSION 1953
National Historic Landmark
National Register information
- Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on November 7, 1973
- Reference number
- Areas of significance
- Industry; Ethnic Heritage - Native American; Exploration/Settlement; Politics/Government
- Level of significance
- Evaluation criteria
- A - Event
- Property type
- Historic function
- Extractive facility
- Period of significance
- Significant year
- November 17, 2015: Updated by Michael Miller: Corrected "NRHP Status" to reflect listing as a National Historic Landmark