- Gold! At Pigeon Roost / The Story of America’s First Gold Mining Scrip - Brand New!
Gold! At Pigeon Roost / The Story of America’s First Gold Mining Scrip - Brand New!
Gold! At Pigeon Roost
The Story of America’s First Gold Mining Scrip
By Fred Holabird & Al Adams
GEORGIA GOLD FEVER
America’s first gold rush started in North Georgia in 1828, twenty years prior to the California Gold Rush.
The Pigeon Roost Mining of Auraria, Georgia was at the heart of the Georgia Gold Rush in the 1830s.
Out of this assortment of varied and motley gold seekers emerged an innovative group of “Twenty Niners” who, out of necessity, developed mining techniques, banking and assaying systems in a remote area at a time when the world was not technologically advanced. There was no such thing as mining geology or geologic mapping practiced in the United States.
Georgians were the first to engage in these unusual pursuits, that lead the way for mining, banking and assay house systems that flourished during the California Gold Rush.
Georgia’s Pigeon Roost Mining Company was the first major operating mine in the 1830s. They issued private scrip in lieu of United States coin, which rarely circulated on the Appalachian frontier. Others followed suit.
This book recounts the stories of the Georgia Gold Rush, the Pigeon Roost Mining Company and similar ventures over several decades through the Civil War.
GOLD! At Pigeon Roost may be a small and inexpensive book, but it provides a wealth of well-written and interesting information about early gold mining in Georgia including the various associated processes.