The Bechtlers -- Christopher, son Augustus, and nephew Christopher, Jr., -- arrived in Rutherford County from Germany in 1830. Experienced metal workers, they saw that the economy was hindered because little gold was in circulation. Since Rutherford County at that time was the geographic center of gold mining in the nation, the Bechtlers opened a mint, which operated from 1831 to 1840. Over $2 million in gold was put into use during that period. The money boosted industry and helped people to buy and sell goods.