Title

Investigating Dahlonega's Historic Yahoola High Trestle (9LU52, The Hand-Ditch)

Faculty Mentor(s)

Dr. William Balco

Campus

Dahlonega

Proposal Type

Presentation - completed/ongoing

Subject Area

History/Anthropology/Philosophy

Location

Nesbitt 3204

Start Date

25-3-2016 9:00 AM

End Date

25-3-2015 10:15 AM

Description/Abstract

Within the Dahlonega city limits, on the wooded, hilly banks of Yahoola Creek, sits the Yahoola High Trestle site (9LU52, The Hand-Ditch). The Yahoola High Trestle was constructed in 1859 by the Consolidated Gold Mining Company. The Trestle sat 240 feet high and spanned 1,000 feet across Yahoola Creek in order to transport water into the city to supply a hydraulic mining system. This paper discusses UNG student excavations at the trestle site. During the fall of 2015 and spring of 2016, the site was cleared exposing the foundation platforms after which a detailed survey grid was established for the site. Several excavation units were placed along a section of the Trestle's original foundation to better understand the structure’s architecture. Results of this excavation have uncovered artifacts such as structural hardware including nails and bolts. These artifacts attest the significance of the logistical networks of north Georgia during the gold rush period. This research will continue through April 2016 and contributes a greater insight into the rich history of the gold mining era in the north Georgia mountains.

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Mar 25th, 9:00 AM Mar 25th, 10:15 AM

Investigating Dahlonega's Historic Yahoola High Trestle (9LU52, The Hand-Ditch)

Nesbitt 3204

Within the Dahlonega city limits, on the wooded, hilly banks of Yahoola Creek, sits the Yahoola High Trestle site (9LU52, The Hand-Ditch). The Yahoola High Trestle was constructed in 1859 by the Consolidated Gold Mining Company. The Trestle sat 240 feet high and spanned 1,000 feet across Yahoola Creek in order to transport water into the city to supply a hydraulic mining system. This paper discusses UNG student excavations at the trestle site. During the fall of 2015 and spring of 2016, the site was cleared exposing the foundation platforms after which a detailed survey grid was established for the site. Several excavation units were placed along a section of the Trestle's original foundation to better understand the structure’s architecture. Results of this excavation have uncovered artifacts such as structural hardware including nails and bolts. These artifacts attest the significance of the logistical networks of north Georgia during the gold rush period. This research will continue through April 2016 and contributes a greater insight into the rich history of the gold mining era in the north Georgia mountains.