North Carolina-Rutherford County-October 5


North Carolina People, Places, and Things-October 5

I am the dad to five adult children. As they were growing up I attempted to remind them they were special and to implore them to learn something new. My goal was to do that daily.

In 2016 my goal is to learn something new daily on the people, places, and things that make North Carolina special. Everyday this year I am doing a post on what I have learned new.

Rutherford County is one of those places that got its birth from a now defunct county in 1779. Map of Rutherford County below outlined in red on map of North Carolina.

rutherford_county_svg

The county it was carved out of was called Tryon County. Tryon County was carved out of Mecklenburg County in 1769 and consisted of most of the land west of the Catawba River including a large tract of land in northwestern South Carolina. In 1779, Tryon County was divided into Lincoln and Rutherford Counties in North Carolina, and ceased to exist.

The county seat of Rutherford County is Rutherfordton. Photo below of county courthouse.

Rutherford_County_Courthouse.jpg

At one time Rutherford County and Rutherfordton were the center of the gold production within the United States. Rutherfordton had the distinction of operating the only private gold mint in the southeastern United States. It existed from the late 1790’s to 1840.

 

gold-minted-coin

The first Gold Coin was minted by Christopher Bechtler in 1832.

During the mid-1800s, the Bechtlers minted more than $2.24 million in gold coins. The German immigrant moved to town in 1830 to open a jewelry and clock-making business. Soon after his arrival, he began buying land in the gold-mining region of Rutherford County.

Their are two places in Rutherfordton that tells the story of gold

His historic home on Washington Street and the site of his mine.

Good link on Christopher Bechtler at link below:

http://goldfever.unctv.org/rutherfordton

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Jesse Kerema

Motivation, goals and a journey to success

simplisticInsights

Simple made easy! psychology love feeling emotion thought behaviour success strategy

roads bel travelled

Exploring open roads without breaking the bank

MC2Charlotte

Motivating Children To Change

Order My Steps

Musings and reflections along the path

This Day in North Carolina History

The people and places of the Tar Heel state day by day.

Lone Star Back Roads

Exploring Texas (and other parts of the Southern Confederacy)

The Omnivoyeur

Eating, Drinking, and Taking In All Of Life's Pleasures

BitesnBuzz

People, Places, Bites & Buzz from the South and Beyond

John Tanner's Barbecue Blog

One man's search for a rich, full life -- mainly barbecue.

AdventureDawgs

Seeing the world one road at a time

JoHanna Massey

“Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.” ― Carl Sagan

FOOD, FASHION AND DESIGN

AMY TURNER SMITH

Leadership Freak

Empowering Leaders 300 Words at a Time

SpanishMossSeries

Faces, places, food, football and other southern goodness that strikes me.

Sunnyhuckle

Positive stories, insights, ideas, inspirations, thoughts, & perspectives

Storyshucker

A blog full of humorous and poignant observations.

%d bloggers like this: