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What do you think about when you hear the word "Gold Rush"? The 1849 gold rush in California? As most folks do, once I think of the expression "Gold Rush", it conjures up images of the West! Pictures of cowboys and crusty old miners ruthlessly and savagely staking their claims. Immigrants coming from boat, people on foot, horseback, and covered wagon type all around the US to rape and pillage the property which was recently acquired from Mexico throughout the 1848 Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo California. But allow me to tell you in a gold rush of another sort, in a different place, even more significant. This was the authentic first recorded discovery of gold from america! Fifty years earlierin North Carolina! In 1799 young Conrad Reed, a 12 year old boy, found a huge shiny stone in Little Meadow Creek on the family farm at Cabarrus county North Carolina. Conrad lugged it home but the Reed family had no idea what it was and used it as a clunky door stop. Thinking that it must be some kind of metal, John Reed, Conrad's father, chose it into Concord North Carolina to have a silver smith consider it. The silver smith was not able to identify it as gold. John Reed hauled it straight home. Three decades later in 1802 he took the stone to Fayetteville North Carolina where a shopper realized it for what it was right away. The man asked him if could down it to some pub for him, John agreed. When John returned to the shopper needed a golden brick measuring six to eight inches long. It is tough to trust but John Reed hadn't any notion of the metals worth. The jeweler asked him what he wanted for it and John believed that a week's wages would be fair so he sold it to the jeweler for about $3.50. It's rumored that John bought a calico dress for his wife and a few coffee beans with his wi...