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This Day in Georgia History

November 26, 1979

Wagon Train in Atlanta

After experiencing three days of rain, members of the gold wagon train spending the last night of the trip in Piedmont Park, awoke to blue skies and bright sunshine. The wagon master led the long train of wagons and horseback riders for the final leg of the trip through downtown Atlanta to Georgia’s state capitol. In ceremonies on the east side of the capitol, a chest containing 60 ounces of Georgia gold was presented to Gov. George Busbee. Later, the gold would be refined into gold leaf and applied to the capitol dome.

To view an image of the wagon train, see the Digital Library of Georgia.