This Day in Georgia History
August 04, 1958
Wagon Train, with Gold, Left Dahlonega
At 8 a.m., a caravan of seven covered wagons accompanied by 33 adults, 18 children, 15 mules, 6 saddle horses, one dog, and two State Patrol cars pulled out of Dahlonega heading south on state highway 9-E (which for the first ten miles was a dirt road). At an average speed of three miles per hour, the wagon train began a three-day trip to Atlanta bearing 43 ounces of gold from Dahlonega - site of the nation’s first gold rush in 1828 - to be fashioned into gold leaf to cover the dome of Georgia’s state capitol. On this first day of the trip, the wagon train made it to Cumming, where the group camped out for the night.