"Thar's gold in them thar hills": Gold and Gold Mining in Georgia, 1830s-1940s

Suggested Readings

General Resources | Prospectuses and Reports (not generally available)

General Resources

  • Amerson, Anne Dismukes, ed. I Remember Dahlonega: Memories of Growing up in Lumpkin County as told to Anne Dismukes Amerson. Alpharetta, Ga.: Legacy Communications, Inc., 1990.

  • _________. Dahlonega: A Brief History. Charleston, SC: History Press, 2006.

  • _______. Dahlonega, Georgia: Site of America’s First Major Gold Rush. Dahlonega, GA: Chestatee Publications, 2013.

  • Andrews, Ernest M. Georgia's Fabulous Treasure Hoards. Hapeville, Ga., 1966.

  • Anthony, John D. (John Durham), 1930-. Dahlonega: a special place. Dahlonega, Ga.: J.D. Anthony, c2000.

  • Birdsall, C. M. The United States Branch Mint at Dahlonega, Georgia: Its History and Coinage. Easley, S.C.: Southern Historical Press, 1984.

  • Blackburn, Wayne W. Gold Lust. Philadelphia: Dorrance, 1965.

  • Blake, William P. and Charles T. Jackson. The Gold Placers of the vicinity of Dahlonega, Georgia. Report of William P. Blake and Charles T. Jackson... to the Yahoola River and Cone Creek Hydraulic Hose Mining Company. Boston, n.p.: 1859.

  • Boatright, Sherry L. The John C. Calhoun Gold Mine. Atlanta: State of Ga., 1974.

  • Bottoms, Roy E. "History of the Franklin Gold Mine." North West Georgia Historical and Genealogical Society Quarterly 5 (October 1973): 3-7.

  • Bryan, T. Conn. "The Gold Rush in Georgia." Georgia Review 9 (1955): 398-404.

  • Cain, Andrew W. History of Lumpkin County for the First Hundred Years, 1832-1932. 1932. Reprint, Spartanburg, S.C.: Reprint Co., 1978.

  • Cooper, Ben Green. Dahlonega Gold. Atlanta: Roberts Publishing Co., 1962.

  • Coulter, Ellis Merton. Auraria, the Story of a Georgia Gold Mining Town. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1956.

  • Dean, Austin F., ed. Observations from a Peak in Lumpkin, or, The Writings of W. B. Townsend, Editor, The Dahlonega Nugget. Atlanta: Oglethorpe University Press, 1936. Engineering and Mining Journal. 1869-1922.

  • Etheridge, Elizabeth. "Branch Mint at Dahlonega" in the New Georgia Encyclopedia [database online], 2002. Available from https://www.georgiaencyclopedia.org/articles/history-archaeology/branch-mint-dahlonega [cited February 6, 2020].

  • Ferguson, Eugene S., ed. Early Engineering Reminiscences (1815-40) of George Escol Sellers. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution, 1965.

  • "The Georgia Gold Mines." Manufacturer and Builder 11, Issue 10 (October 1879): 238. Available from Making of America [cited February 6, 2020].

  • "Gold-Mining in Georgia." Harper's New Monthly Magazine 59, Issue 352 (September 1879): 517-519. Available from Making of America [cited February 6, 2020].

  • Green, Fletcher M. "Georgia's Forgotten Industry: Gold Mining." Georgia Historical Quarterly 19 (1935): 91-111, 210-28.

  • Georgia Mineral Society. Georgia Mineral News Letter. 1948-1964.

  • Gresham, Thomas H. The Hand Ditch of Lumpkin County, Georgia: prepared for Camp Frank D. Merrill, U.S. Army and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Savannah District. [Dahlonega, Ga.]: Lumpkin County Historical Society, 2002.

  • Griffin, Daniel R. The Quest for Georgia Gold. Lexington, KY: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2012.

  • Harshaw, Lou. The Gold of Dahlonega: The First Major Gold Rush in North America. Asheville: Hexagon Co., 1976.

  • Head, Sylvia Gailey, and Elizabeth W. Etheridge. The Neighborhood Mint: Dahlonega in the Age of Jackson. Macon, Ga.: Mercer University Press, 1986.

  • Jones, S. P. Second Report on the Gold Deposits of Georgia. Atlanta: C. P. Byrd, state printer, 1909.

  • Kenimer, Doris Bray. Gold in Them Thar Hills. Gainesville, Ga.: Matthews Printing Co., 1980.

  • Kinsland, William S. "The Dahlonega Mint: A Civil War Mystery." North Georgia Journal 1 (Summer 1984): 39-46.

  • Marx, Jenifer. The Magic of Gold. New York: Doubleday and Co., 1978.

  • Parks, C. F., and R. A. Wilson. The Battle Branch Gold Mine, Auraria, Georgia. Atlanta, 1934.

  • Paschal, George W. (George Washington), 1812-1878. Ninety-four Years: Agnes Paschal. 1871. Reprint, Spartanburg, S.C., Reprint Co., 1974.

  • Russell, Lisa M. Lost Towns of North Georgia. Charleston, S.C.: The History Press, 2016.

  • Rensi, Ray C., and H. David Williams. Gold Fever: America's First Gold Rush. Georgia History and Culture Series. Atlanta: Georgia Humanities Council, 1988.

  • Richardson, L. W. "Templeton Reid: Early Georgia Coin Maker." North Georgia Journal 1 (Summer 1984): 31-38.

  • Sorohan, Sallie. Gold Rush Days in Dahlonega: The History of a Mountain Festival. Dahlonega, Ga.: S. Sorohan, 2002.

  • Spencer, Elma Dill Russell. Green Russell and Gold. Austin: University of Texas, 1966.

  • Stone, R. C. The Gold Mines, Scenery and Climate of Georgia and the Carolinas. New York: National Bank Note Company, 1878.

  • Warren, Mary Bondurant. Alphabetical Index to Georgia's 1832 Gold Lottery. Danielsville, Ga.: Heritage Papers, 1981.

  • Williams, David. The Georgia Gold Rush: Twenty-niners, Cherokees, and Gold Fever. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 1993.

  • _____. "Georgia's Forgotten Miners: African-Americans and the Georgia Gold Rush." Georgia Historical Quarterly 75 (1991): 76-89.

  • _____. "Gold Rush in North Georgia." in the New Georgia Encyclopedia [database online], 2003. Available from https://www.georgiaencyclopedia.org/articles/history-archaeology/gold-rush [cited February 6, 2020].

  • Winter, Douglas. Gold Coins of the Dahlonega Mint, 1838-1861: A Numismatic History and Analysis. Dallas: DWN Publishing, 1997.

  • Worick, Christopher P. James Boisclair and his “Free Jim” Gold Mine. Dahlonega, GA: Nuckollsville Publications, 2009.

  • Yeates, William Smith. A Preliminary Report on a Part of the Gold Deposits of Georgia. Atlanta: Franklin Printing & Publishing Company, 1896.

Prospectuses and Reports (not generally available)
Mining companies for which a library holds either reports or prospectuses are listed with corresponding dates.

Georgia Archives

  • Auraria Mines, 1860.

  • Crown Mountain Gold Mining and Milling Company, 1899.

University of Georgia Libraries

  • Chestatee Hydraulic Company, 1858.

  • Hand Gold Mining Company, 1874.

  • C. K. Jarrett Mine, 1870.

  • Lincoln Gold Mining Company, 1854.

  • Nacoochee Hydraulic Mining Company, 1860.

  • Pascoe Gold Mine, 1858.

  • Southern Gold Company, 1859.

  • Sprague Gold Mining Company, 1867.

  • Standard Gold Mining Company, n.d.

District of Columbia:
Library of Congress

  • Kingsmount Gold Mine, 1860.

North Carolina:
Duke University

  • Lumpkin Chestatee Fluming and Mining Company, 1867.

University of North Carolina

  • Stephenson Gold Mining Company, 1861.