Benjamin Parks was walking through a park when he discovered gold in North Georgia on October 27, 1828. Him, along with five others, all claim to have made the gold discovery. It wasn't until August 1, 1829, when the Georgia Journal ran a notice about two gold mines in Habersham county, that the discovery had been documented. The U.S. established a branch mint at Dahlonega in 1835. The Gold Rush is important, because it was one of the major reasons behind the removal of the Cherokees in 1838.