The Iola Mine Group, Montgomery County, North Carolina
January 2005 by Sam E. Phifer, P.G.The Iola mine group is made up of four once active gold mines, the Iola, Washington, Golconda and Uwarra gold mines. Although this group of mines were some of the most productive gold mines in North Carolina for a number of years, and according to published records, some of the best managed, they had a relatively short life span for reasons unknown.
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