Silver Hill, North Carolina
November 2000 by Sam E. Phifer, P.G.To the writer's knowledge, this was the first discovery of silver and lead in North Carolina and perhaps one of the first official discoveries of silver east of the Mississippi River.
Almost 200 miles northwest of Las Vegas, Nevada, Gold Point was developed initially as a gold mining community in 1868. Like most mining camps, it experienced a typical boom-to-bust cycle, and by 1882, Gold Point was clearly on its way to becoming just another abandoned ghost town.
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We spent more time that first day moving rocks than we did sending material over the sluices. Even so, our cleanup was quite respectable for having only moved down to a depth of a couple feet.
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