The Bechtlers, Christopher, son Augustus, and nephew Christopher, Jr., German immigrants, arrived in New York in 1829. After a short stay in Philadelphia, they moved to Rutherford County in 1830. Experienced in making watches and jewelry, they saw that the economy was hindered because little gold was in circulation. Rutherford County at that time was the geographic center of gold mining in the nation, and the Bechtlers opened a mint, which operated from 1831 to 1840. Over $2 million in gold coins was minted and used during that period. The money boosted industry and helped people to buy and sell goods.