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Dahlonega, Georgia: Gold Mining Diving Bell

The Chestatee River Diving Bell enabled miners to stand on underwater river beds and dig for gold. Unfortunately, it didn't work.

8 Warwick St., Dahlonega, GA
Downtown, northwest of the courthouse square, on the northwest corner of Warwick St. and N. Meaders St.
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Dahlonega Gold Museum - Mining Sub.

Dahlonega Gold Museum - Mining Sub

A gold mining submarine is parked by the town square. It was sometimes used to mine in creeks, in the deeper water.

[Sue Patzschke, 07/30/2019]

The Chestatee River Diving Bell enabled miners to stand on underwater river beds and dig for gold! It was only in use from 1875-76. Failing to live up to its promise, it bankrupted its inventor, Philologus Loud. The iron diving bell was left submerged in the river until 2007, then hauled out, restored, and put on display in 2012.

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The Gourd Museum, Sautee, GA - 18 mi.

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