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Panning for gold in a historic Georgia city

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So many tourists come to Dahlonega, Georgia for the same reason many settlers did well over 100 years ago: Gold. (WCIV)

So many tourists come to Dahlonega, Georgia for the same reason many settlers did well over 100 years ago: Gold.

Granted, those folks were finding it, and putting their lives on the line. We just want to take a peek at how they did it.

It’s truly an impressive sight to see the Consolidated Gold Mine in Dahlonega.

It’s gold, and people’s obsession with it that brings so many to the sleepy Georgia mountain town.

The gold mine itself is really a special thing to see. 20 stories below ground, the nicest thing off the bat, it's cool! Very cool! Like, bring a long-sleeve shirt cool!

It’s safe and well lit, with a few low ceilings to watch out for, and the tour is well-guided by informative and entertaining folks.

They dress the part, and have a few cheesy jokes packed away, but kids and adults both enjoy this.

Amazing to see the natural wonders like stalactites and stalagmites, but also what they had drilled themselves.

There are replicas of all the old tools, and there are still pools of water and places you can see absolute pitch black on the tour.

It lasts about an hour, and then you get to “pan for gold” afterwards. They try and upsell you on extra panning, but the $18 for the actual tour was very reasonable and certainly an enjoyable morning in Dahlonega, Georgia.

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