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Column: North Georgia’s gold rush days spurred a rush toward stagecoach travel
Johnny Vardeman
Mining wasn’t the only profitable enterprise during the gold rush days in Lumpkin County.As word spread about the discovery of gold, prospectors from all over the country began to rush into the region. Many came on their own transportation, usually wagons, buggies or by horseback.The fastest mode of travel from long distances, however, was by stagecoach. Several stage lines popped up during the period in the 1830s.