In 1832, Christopher Bechtler of Rutherfordton minted the country's first one dollar gold coin (17 years before the U.S. mint). During the mid-1800s, the Bechtlers minted more than $2.24 million in gold coins. Explore the original location of the Bechtler mint and mine shaft. The site is a small park with a short loop walking trail with information boards that tell the story of local gold mining. Explore the original location of the Bechtler mint and mine shaft. It's also a great spot to hike or bike on the Thermal Belt Rail Trail. Explore the original location of the Bechtler mint. See a replica of the "hidden floor of gold" Christopher Bechtler designed to catch any loose gold dust that came in on miner's boots!This park is always open during daylight hours.

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