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Royal Gold Mine collection

Identifier: LH-0039

Scope and Contents note

This collection contains seven flint pieces and ore from the Royal Gold Mine with an exhibit label describing the different pieces and a 1975 term paper from Mark Reeves at Bremen High School on the history of mining in Haralson County. One chapter of the paper is devoted to the Royal Gold Mine and there are 21 original black-and-white photos of the ruins of various mines from 1975.


  • 1975


Conditions Governing Access note

Open to all users; no restrictions

Conditions Governing Use note

Rights have been transferred to the University of West Georgia.

Biographical/Historical note

Gold mining in Tallapoosa began during the Georgia gold rush and many of the gold miners panned the Tallapoosa River in the hopes of finding precious metals. Originally known as Holland Mines, the mine was located on Highway 100 on Walker Creek, just south of downtown Tallapoosa. Surrounding the mine, a community was built which included about two dozen homes, a school, a blacksmith’s shop, a post office, and buildings where the gold found could be processed. In addition to mining gold, miners also worked the fields, growing items such as cotton and chopping down wood to sell as lumber. The Holland Mines were sold to the Camille Mining Company in the 1880s before being sold again to the Royal Gold Mining Company on January 26, 1896. The mine remained in operation until the 1930s, when a tornado destroyed all the buildings used to process the gold. A couple years later, during World War II, all the equipment was sold for scrap metal and water from an underground spring gradually filled the mine.


0.42 Linear feet (1 box)




Materials pertaining to the Royal Gold Mine that was located in Tallapoosa, Georgia.

Arrangement note

Folders are arranged alphabetically by file title.

The flint and ore pieces have been wrapped and left loose in the box.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Donated by Mr. Robinson on October 29, 1982.

Related Archival Materials note

Unidentified collection, University of Missouri Western Historical Manuscript Collection - Rolla

Processing Information note

Processed by Suzanne Durham in October 2008 and Candice Larson in 2016.
Guide to the Royal Gold Mine collection LH-0039
Finding aid prepared by Written by Suzanne Durham and Candice Larson
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Language of description note
Description is in English

Repository Details

Part of the University of West Georgia Special Collections Repository

Special Collections, Ingram Library
University of West Georgia
1601 Maple Street
Carrollton GA 30118-2000 United States