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Squatting in a gentle-flowing stream. Sifting the gravel in a pan ever so slightly until the small shiny flecks became visible. That’s how it began. Gold fever.
Before the California gold rush it began right here in Lancaster County. Just three miles north of the town of Kershaw, Col. Benjamin Haile found just enough of the shiny flecks to seek out their source. The year was 1827. According to local historian Louise Pettus, in 1828, Haile sent a shipment of gold to the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia – the first domestic gold sent outside South Carolina.
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