Mine Mugshot: Reed Gold Mine
Where: Midland, North Carolina, United States
Mine Type: Gold, surface and underground operations
Operations: Gold was first found in 1799, mining operations began in 1803 and ended in 1899; you can still pan for gold recreationally at present
Owner: It is now a National Historical Landmark, North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources now operates a visitor center, gift shop, underground guided tours and gold panning
Output: Unknown; however between 1803 and 1835, 14 gold nuggets were found totaling 115 pounds. Also during its peak of production it was said to have produced over one million dollars a year in gold.
Notable Facts: It is the site of the first documented golf find in the United States. A reported 17 pound gold nugget was found by the owner of the property's son. The owner, John Reed, apparently didn't know what he had and is believed to have used the nugget for a doorstop for 3 years before selling it to a local jeweler for $3.50.