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Johnny Vardeman: Gold still was produced in North Georgia after first ‘rush’
People pan for gold during the annual fall Gold Rush Days festival in Dahlonega. - photo by Get Out file photo
Northeast Georgia’s gold rush began in the late 1820s and continued until the Civil War in the 1860s. However, mining for gold resumed for decades afterward, as well as dreams of new strikes for many years. Looking for gold nowadays primarily involves hobbyists who pan the streams more for fun. The gold story is told in Lumpkin County as a tourist attraction. Even in the late 19th century, speculators visualized fortunes as mine property traded back and forth.