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Craig E. Redick
The author is a retired gunsmith and retailer, a published author and an avid gold prospector, who resides in Oxford, Georgia. He welcomes questions or comments via email.

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Articles by Craig E. Redick
Gold Mining Boom in the Carolinas

Not too far from the pine-filled mountains, a young boy was exploring along Meadow Creek in Cabarrus County, North Carolina, one fine day in 1799. He discovered a beautiful rock that he took home and put to good use as a doorstop. Shortly thereafter, a jeweler stopped by to visit his folks, and as it turned out, the new doorstop was actually a 17-pound gold nugget. That nugget truly did open a door as it marked the beginning of the first gold rush in America.

July 2012 (Vol. 81, No. 11)
Still Gold in Humbug, Arizona

Has anyone made it through childhood, or even adulthood, without at least one dream of finding gold or buried treasure? It is the stuff of daydreams—the kindling for the flame of hope. We so long for it that we eagerly accept stories and maps from friends and strangers alike that promise us fame and fortune.

August 2012 (Vol. 81, No. 12)
Yesterday's Gold—Today's Mine

It would seem that we are often indeed destined to repeat history. In terms of gold discovery, even with all the advancements that have been made over the years, it seems we are once again on the cusp of returning to the 1800s world of gold mining. Even as you read this, a new gold rush is taking place in a sleepy little town in South Carolina.

December 2011 (Vol. 81, No. 4)