State geologist, Michael Tuomey described the most productive vein at Goldville, as Log Pit, with a depth of 105 feet and a thickness from two to four feet.55

The pit was discovered by accident when a curious miner broke off a piece of what he thought was a rotten log. Instead of wood, he found gold in a large quartz outcropping. 


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The Flop House

When there were no rooms available at the old Goldville hotel, guests were told they could "flop" in the "lean-to" for the night. Nothing remains of either structure. 

From the ancient Indian town of Mabila in 1540, through Alabama's first capitals, mineral springs resorts, drowned towns and textile towns, this book recalls the remarkable stories of the Lost Towns. 

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Lost Towns of Central Alabama. Chapter 3--"Mining,"

 Gold mining, coal mining and marble mining: PP 48-82

Cheaha Mt. in Talladega Mt. range, location of early mineral springs and resorts