Alabama Gold Assayed

Paul Wellborn is having a go at exploration up on Hog Mountain. It’s the closest Alabama has come to rekindling the great Chilton County Gold Rush. Just don’t tell the weekenders ganging up at Gold Camp in Cragford.

Powell visits the old mines near his Goldville home. You don’t often find gold, he says, but when you do it’s like “a flake of sunshine.”  The niche in the mine tunnel, he says, is just a spot his daddy carved out to stow his lunch box. Photos by Cary Norton…

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