|Little Meadow Creek. Photo by Judy Wells.|
Probably not, but it was the site of America's first gold strike.
On a spring Sunday in 1799, while their parents were at church, the three children of John Reed and his wife were down at the creek bow and arrow fishing. Conrad, 12, found a 17-pound shiny rock and brought it home. No one knew what it was so it became a door stop until John took it to a Fayetteville jeweler. He asked $3.50 for the 17-pound gold nugget worth about $3,500, the first ever found in the new country.
The trickle, not yet a rush. that came with the discovery of a 28-pound nugget, was on.
|Fruit and chocolate crepe at Irene Cafe. YUMMM.|
|Reed Gold Mine museum. Photo by Judy Wells.|
|When it's about gold even kids will pay attention. Photo by Judy Wells.|
The last large nugget - nearly 23 pounds worth- was found in 1896 but by 1912 the last mine closed.
|The Good Girls, Debi and Judy, at it again.|