Calhoun Mine

3 mi. S of Dahlonega off GA 60, Dahlonega, Georgia

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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 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on November 7, 1973
Reference number
73002292
Areas of significance
Industry; Ethnic Heritage - Native American; Exploration/Settlement; Politics/Government
Level of significance
National
Evaluation criteria
A - Event
Property type
Structure
Historic function
Extractive facility
Period of significance
1825-1849
Significant year
1828

Update Log 

  • November 17, 2015: Updated by Michael Miller: Corrected "NRHP Status" to reflect listing as a National Historic Landmark

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