Historic Markers Across Georgia

Discovery of Gold

Marker ID: GHM 154-9
Location: Ga 75 5 1/2 miles north of Cleveland near Duke's Creek
County: White
Coordinates: N 34° 40.269    W 083° 42.775
  34.671148    -83.712919
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WMMV9
Discovery of Gold Marker  


In 1828 gold was discovered here on Duke`s Creek, White County, by two people. John Witheroods of North Carolina found a 3-ounce nugget and a Negro servant of Major Frank Logan of Louisville, Georgia, also discovered gold on the creek. Early discoveries came almost simultaneously as prospectors drifted into Northeast Georgia from the North Carolina diggings. One merchant in the Nacoochee Valley purchased and shipped 1 to 1.5 million dollars worth of gold in a thirty year period.

The pits visible along the creek are evidence of recent hydraulic mining.

GHM 154-9 Georgia Historical Commission 1962