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Poor Men with Rude Machinery: The Formative Years of the Gold Hill Mining District, 1842-1853


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The Gold Hill mining district of south-central North Carolina was an important gold producing area during 1842-1853. By the early 1850s Gold Hill established itself as a rewarding mining region but its development was hindered by a lack of specialized knowledge in deep mining methods, the reluctance of residents to turn over agricultural lands to gold prospectors, shortage of skilled miners, lack of investment capital, and an excess of competition between mining companies.
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