More on North Carolina Gold.
One day in Cabarrus County , North Carolina, a man named John Reed discovered gold. His son, who was only twelve, found a seventeen pound gold nugget in a creek on their property. This lucky incident began the North Carolina Gold Rush, which was the first gold rush in North America.
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More Info on Georgia
Around the 1700's, Native Americans along the Chattahoochee River north of Atlanta found significant amounts of gold. Spanish miners joined them and formed minor settlements around the river. But, later the Spanish were forced away from Georgia, so intrest in gold died until 1828 when Frank Logan struck gold.
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More on California gold
In January 1848, James Wilson Marshall struck gold when he was building a saw mill along the American River northeast of Sacramento. This story was published in a local newspaper, but people couldn't believe it, so they didn't. Finally, the gold rush started in May 1848 when a storekeeper had a bottle filled with gold dust around the San Francisco area.
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More about the Pikes Peak Gold Rush
The Pikes Peak Gold rush, later known as the Colorado Gold rush started in 1859. About 100,000 people played a role in this huge gold rush. Much gold was found near streams in the South Platte River Valley.
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More on the gold rush
The Wyoming Gold Rush started in 1867, concentrated around the Wind River Mountains in the central part of the state. The rush lasted until 1872 when miners were dissapointed in the decreasing gold deposits and moved on to other mines.
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Black Hills Gold
Gold was found in South Dakota in 1874 by two miners around General Custer’s force. This was discovered later and in 1876 a gold rush occurred in Black Hills, South Dakota. Alomost all of South Dakota's gold was found in this place.
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The North Dakota Gold Rush
The North Dakota Gold Rush took place in the southeastern part of the state, about 1884, when gold was discovered in the Sheyenne River valley about six miles north of Fort Ransom. It probably got it's gold from the Black Hills Gold Rush.
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Idaho Gold story
Gold was first discovered on the Clearwater River in 1860. Also, more was discovered on the nearby Salmon River. This gold rush helped Idaho become a state because it was a territory at the time gold was discovered.
Montana Gold Rush starts
More on Bozeman's Trail
Two years after the Idaho gold rush the miners were still moving westward, this time to Montana where they found gold on Alder Creek. John Bozeman, an important person in the Montana Gold Rush, helped discover a trail to Montana gold.
Alaska Gold Rush starts
Major gold has been found in many places in Alaska like Juneau, Nome and Fairbanks. Gold was first discovered in Southeast Alaska in the 1870s. The first discovery was made near Sitka in 1872, but the discovery of gold at Anvil Creek in 1898 brought thousands of fortune seekers, starting the gold rush