Historic Markers Across Georgia

Calhoun Gold Mine

Marker ID: GHM 093-1
Location: Ga 60, 3.7 miles south of Dahlonega
County: Lumpkin
Coordinates: N 34° 29.305    W 083° 58.387
  34.48841666    -83.97311666
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM2CWC
Calhoun Gold Mine  Marker  


Calhoun Gold Mine

Famous Calhoun Gold Mine where it is said vein gold was first discovered in Georgia by white men.

In 1828 while deer hunting Benjamin Parks, of Dahlonega, accidentally found quartz gold in pockets or loads. His find was so rich in gold that it was yellow like yolk of eggs.

Shortly after discovery this mine was sold to U.S. Senator John C. Calhoun, of South Carolina. It was operated by Thomas G. Clemson, son-in-law of Calhoun, and some of the gold was used to found Clemson College, S.C. Specimens from this mine are exhibited at the State Capitol in Atlanta.

093-1 1953