There is such an ailment as GOLD FEVER. You catch it every time you pick up a pan full of ore and swirl it around looking for those bright specks of yellow at the bottom of the pan.
Missing Gold Shipment from Confederate Mint
How to Pan for Gold
Panning for gold is a relatively easy process quickly mastered by the determined amateur. Armed with a gold-pan shovel, the novice prospector can effectively mine the precious mineral from Dahlonega to Clayton. In order to find the ideal area in which to begin panning, folks would do well to purchase Larry Otwell's latest book on the subject," Georgia's Hidden Gold: A guide to unexplored Ice Age surfaces", which comes complete with geological maps. His books are available at shops throughout the region.
Crissons Gold Mine (Dahlonega)
Consolidated Gold Mine (Dahlonega)
Duke's Creek (Helen)
Gold N' Gem Grubbin' Mine (Cleveland)