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Panning for gold at Reed Gold Mineby Michelle Czaikowski
NC Government & Heritage Library, 2011

Related entries: North Carolina Gold Rush, Gold in the Uwharries

On June 23, 2011, gold (Aurum) became North Carolina's official state mineral. (Session Law 2011-233)

At least two other states have designated gold as their state mineral - Alaska and California.

The discovery of gold by a twelve year old boy in 1799 in Cabarrus County started North Carolina's gold rush. The boy's name was Conrad Reed, and the location developed into the Reed Gold Mine.

The bill was initially introduced by Senate Majority Leader Harry Brown of Onslow County on behalf of a fourth grade class at Clyde Erwin Magnet Elementary School.

References and additional resources:

Ballew, Sigrid and Jeff Reid. 2000. "Gold in North Carolina."  North Carolina Geological Survey Web site. Online at Accessed 12/2010.

Learn NC resources about gold.

Leslie, Laura. 2011. "Senate okays gold as state mineral." 5/23/2011. Online at: Accessed July 2011.

Reed Gold Mine, NC Historic Sites, NC Department of Cultural Resources. Online at Accessed 12/2010.

Resources on gold in North Carolina in libraries [via WorldCat]




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I am related to both John and Conrad Reed, I know that John Reed was a Hessian and that the gold that his son found was the size of a football and he used it as a doorstop until his death


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This quote from the WRAL article in the Additional Resources explains it:

Senate Majority Leader Harry Brown, R-Onslow, said he filed the bill on behalf of Cathy Dalimonte's fourth-grade class at Clyde Erwin Magnet Elementary in Jacksonville. "I spoke to them and went through the process of how bills are created in the General Assembly," he said. "I guess they took it to heart."

Shortly after that, the class asked him to run the bill that became S129 because of gold's prominent role in state history.

Mike Childs, NCpedia, N.C. Government & Heritage Library


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