Gem Mining

Air Compresser

Air compressor used to drill holes in rocks to blast for gems - used in the early 1900's-Mason Mountain Mine, Franklin, NC 28734 Digital Image by Lindy A. Blanton: April 2002

Third Grade Unit Plan

Cowee Valley, located in Northern Macon County, in Franklin, North Carolina is an area rich with gem mines. Gem mining is a hobby and tourist attraction. Students will learn about the history of gem mining in Cowee Valley. Students will explore types of soil, rocks, map skills, cultural traditions, community interaction, and economic resources of this community in relationship to gem mining in our area.

By Lindy Blanton

Cowee Elementary School- Macon County Schools

Adventures of the American Mind- Western Carolina University

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