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Dahlonega

In 1828 gold was discovered near the town of Dahlonega. This gold rush, which was the nation's first major rush, lead the growth in the area. The slogan comes into play when the California gold rush began in 1849; the miners were all leaving Dahlonega and the town used the above slogan to get them to stay; most still left. The gold operations continued in the town until the 1920s.

The town borders the Chattahoochee National Forest and is an adventure gateway city. There are river runs in the area, as well as many trails and hikes. You can even try your hand at some gold panning at the Consolidated Gold Mine. The gold mine is a great palce to take children. You descend deep into the ground and learn about the workings of a gold mine.

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