An accidental discovery by John Reed's son in 1799 Cabarrus County started the nation's first gold rush. Gold would be discovered in the following years in thirty-four of the state's one hundred counties. For the next fifty years, until the big gold strike in California in 1849, the state led the country in the production of gold.
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