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Helen:Her Story
After The Gold Rush
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Hydraulic Mining
Surface gold near Dukes Creek was depleted by 1831. Mining, however, continued on a smaller scale. In 1836 a gradual decrease of the population in the valley began and much of the Nacoochee Valley returned to its agricultural roots. In 1849 most of the remaining miners headed west when word of the gold strike in California reached Georgia. The population in the western end of the Sautee-Nacoochee Valley returned to what it had been in the days before the Georgia Gold Rush.


Hydraulic mining began in 1858, thanks to J. R. Dean. This form of placer mining was environmentally devastating to the land. To the trained eye, evidence of this activity is still visible in the area, most notably in the "Dean Cut."

After the Civil War, gold mining returned to the north end of the Sautee-Nacoochee Valley and continued well into the 20th century. Various methods of extraction were practiced although hydraulic mining had been outlawed in Georgia.

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Helen:Her Story

Archaic Indians in Sautee-Nacoochee Valley
Early Cherokee Influence
Spanish Influence in Helen
First Settlers Arrive
Unicoi Turnpike
Gold Discovered in Georgia
After The Gold Rush
Captain Nichols and Anna Ruby Falls
Wood is the new Gold
End of the Wood Era
Charlie Maloof and Arthur Woody
A new road for Helen
A Park named Unicoi
Helen 1954-1969
Rebirth of Helen
Modern Helen
Helen-Her Fun
Directions to Helen


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A Park named Unicoi
A new road for Helen
After The Gold Rush
Archaic Indians in Sautee-Nacoochee Valley
Captain Nichols and Anna Ruby Falls
Charlie Maloof and Arthur Woody
Directions to Helen
Early Cherokee Influence
End of the Wood Era
First Settlers Arrive
Georgia Gold Rush
Gold Discovered in Georgia
Helen 1954-1969
Helen-Her Fun
Modern Helen
Rebirth of Helen
Spanish Influence in Helen
Unicoi Turnpike
Wood is the new Gold

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