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Johnny Vardeman: Asbestos mine was pricey property back in 1899
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While gold mining continued at a fairly brisk pace into the early 1900s, another type of mine provided a bonanza of a different sort in North Georgia into the first half of the 20th Century. The Asbestos community and Asbestos Road in White County derive their names from asbestos mining, but there were other mines in Rabun and Habersham counties, as well as a few in other parts of the state. At least 17 asbestos mines were operating in Georgia at one time.