The gold rush makes up such an important part of the USA's history - it was a HUGE turning event for those looking to make their fortune and ultimately the settlement of the country.
But they must have found the FIRST piece somewhere....and that "where" happens to be at Reed Gold Mine in North Carolina! That's right!
This historic site is actually the very place that began the whole gold industry in the entire country. From it's discovery, gold mining spread into the nearby southern states, and then ultimately across the country when it spread to California in 1848.
These days, the mine is available for families just like yours to take tours through! Sections of the underground tunnels have been restored, so you can see what it would have really been like to work in the mines.
When you arrive the visitor center is a great spot to start. Here, you can see exhibits filled with gold, and historical mining equipment so you can see exactly how it would have been done!
An orientation film tells you all about that first iconic discovery, and then you can take yourselves on a tour of a restored ore-crushing stamp mill.
After you've enjoyed the tours, you can take a walk through the mining area along the trails, or perhaps try your hand at gold panning! You never know what you're going to find...and you never know...you might find your fortune!
Strike it rich at the Reed Gold Mine! Rich with knowledge and fun, of course!