by Michelle Czaikowski, 2011
Government & Heritage Library 
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 .
References and additional resources:
Ballew, Sigrid and Jeff Reid. 2000. "Gold in North Carolina." North Carolina Geological Survey Web site. Online at http://www.geology.enr.state.nc.us/Gold%20brochure/Gold%20Brochure%2012222000.htm . Accessed 12/2010.
Learn NC resources  about gold.
Leslie, Laura. 2011. "Senate okays gold as state mineral." 5/23/2011. Online at: http://www.wral.com/news/state/nccapitol/blogpost/9635000/ . Accessed July 2011.
Reed Gold Mine, NC Historic Sites, NC Department of Cultural Resources. Online at http://www.nchistoricsites.org/reed/reed.htm . Accessed 12/2010.
Resources on gold in North Carolina  in libraries [via WorldCat]
11 July 2011 | Underhill, Michelle Czaikowski