The second great gold rush in America, took place in Georgia between 1828 and 1849. It was said that Ben Parks kicked over a rock about 3 miles south of Dahlonega and discovered a chunk of gold "as yellow as the yolk of an egg". The hills were filled with prospectors after that. Gold mining and prospecting continues today. My friend Jim Labuz and I dredged in the Chestatee River and a few area creeks and found some excellent "color".