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Prospector makes the richest gold discovery yet in Colorado

Colorado, 1861, zoomable map
05/10/1859
Georgia prospector John H. Gregory found a substantial gold deposit on the north fork of Clear Creek in Colorado. The area quickly became the most profitable Colorado diggings yet found and would prove to be one of the richest in the world. Gregory, from Gordon County, Georgia, profited little as he sold the claim soon after for $22,000. (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
Benson J. Lossing, Harper's Encylopedia of United States History From 458 A.D. to 1902, Volume IX (New York: Harper & Brothers, 1902), 284.

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