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County Formed December 3, 1832
County Seat Dahlonega
Incorporated Cities Dahlonega
Total Area 284.142076 square miles


From its county population in 2000 of 21172 to its current population estimate of 31176, the county has experienced a growth change of 10004.

Lumpkin County was established by the state legislature in 1832 and named after Georgia governor Wilson Lumpkin, who also served as a U.S. congressman and senator. Lumpkin County and its seat, Dahlonega, are famous as the site of the country's first major gold rush, which began in 1828.

Gold ore was plentiful enough in the northeast Georgia mountains for construction of a branch of the U.S. Mint, which operated from 1838 to 1861. The mint burned in 1878, and a new building was constructed on its foundations, which today houses the administrative offices of North Georgia College and State University.

When gold was discovered in the area around 1828, Dahlonega became the site of America's first major gold rush. Diggers extracted approximately $33 million in gold before abandoning the mines. A U.S. mint operated in Dahlonega from 1836 until 1861.

Points of Interest

The Gold Museum traces the history of gold mining in Lumpkin County, and the annual World Open Gold Panning Championship commemorates the metal's continuing influence on this region.

The U.S. Army Ranger Mountain Training Center is located at Camp Frank D. Merrill, in Lumpkin County.

Higher Education

North Georgia College and State University

Annual Events

Gold Rush Days, in October, take thousands of participants back in time, re-creating the history, arts, and crafts of the mid-1800s.

Two bicycle events are held in Dahlonoga every year. September's Six Gap Century and Three Gap Fifty bicycle rides are two major regional competitions.

Chamber of Commerce
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State of Georgia

Appalachian Music, Downtown Dahlonega

Gold Museum, Dahlonega

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