Proof of this can be found on a historical marker five miles south of Ringgold on U.S. 81. The pavement on sections of U.S. 81 and U.S. 287 in Montague County contains gold. When the two highways were being paved in 1936, sand for the concrete was taken from a nearby pit. Seeing glints of gold in the sand, the owner of the pit had samples tested, but although the laboratory confirmed that it was gold, there was only about 54 cents’ worth of gold per ton of ore, and it was very difficult to separate from the sand, making it not worth the expense. In all, sand containing about $250,000 worth of gold was mixed into the concrete for thirty-nine (39) miles of the two highways.
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