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.
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.
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.
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: