In 1828, it is said that Benjamin Parks was deer
hunting and overturned a rock laced with gold. Parks' discovery
led to the first major gold rush in the U. S. and created overnight
the boom town of Auraria, with a population of 10,000 by 1832.
The first known Confederate soldier wounded in the battle of
Manassas, N. C. Tankesley, was from Auraria, and the Russell
brothers founded the first settlement at the present site of
Denver, Colorado, and named it Auraria in honor of their hometown.
But today Auraria is a ghost town with only a few buildings
and a handful of people remaining. In 1832 Lumpkin County ,
named after then Georgia Governor
Lumpkin, was organized by an Act of the Georgia
Legislature. In 1833, Dahlonega was named the county seat. Soon
after, John C. Calhoun, former U. S. Vice President and U. S.
Senator from South Carolina, bought the Calhoun Mines in Lumpkin
County. In 1838, the Cherokee were forced by the U. S.
Government to leave their beloved mountain land for the
reservations in Oklahoma. Some 4,000 Cherokees died during this
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Referencing Discovery of Gold 1828
came from all over to mine for gold in county's hills
History of Lumpkin County Georgia