Gold Fever and the Bechtler Mint

Who knew?  Not even many North Carolinians realize that the nation's first gold rush occurred in and around Rutherford County, North Carolina, in the early 1800s. Or...that a German immigrant named Christopher Bechtler created a successful family-owned mint that produced nearly two and a quarter million dollars worth of gold coins, including the country's first $1.00 gold coin! 


Shot on location in Rutherford County and the Blue Ridge Mountains, we tell the story of how it came to be - transforming an entire region and instilling a pride that is still evident to this day.