- Even before the great gold rush out West, North Carolina was experiencing its own gold-fever. The first documented gold find in the United States took place on a small farm outside of Charlotte, and is now the site of the Reed Gold Mine. The site has been restored and now offers guided tours through sections of the underground tunnels, picnic areas, and a visitor center with informational displays that showcase the important history of the area. Multiple events take place throughout the year, including the "Haunted Mine Tour" on Halloween and open gold-panning competitions in the summer months. Check out the website for updated dates and detailed directions- as the mine is located about 30 minutes outside of central Charlotte.
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