The first U.S. gold rush started in North Carolina in 1803 when a 12-year-old boy found a 17-pound gold nugget on his father’s farm. It supplied all the gold for the nation’s mints until 1829.
During the California Gold Rush a Chinese laundry man named John-John washed enough gold dust out of pants cuffs and shirttails of miners to set himself up for life.
In 1799 a boy found a 17lb. rock in a creek in North Carolina and used it as a doorstop. It was gold.
Chinese gold miners in the 1849 gold rush would often melt down the gold they found into common household items, like pots, and cover them in soot to protect the gold from bandits.