Since I have worked for over forty years in easy walking distance from the Georgia State Capitol Building's dramatic gold dome, it struck me this fine afternoon that I ought to take a picture of it.
Then of course it is probably not surprising that I took several.
The gold for the dome was donated by the citizens of Dahlonega and Lumpkin county, the site of the nation's first gold rush 129 years earlier. On August 4, 1958, a caravan of seven mule-drawn covered wagons left Dahlonega to bring the gold to Atlanta. Thereafter, the gold was sent to Philadelphia, where it was milled into gold leaf 1/5,000th of an inch thick, or about the thickness of a piece of tinfoil used to wrap chewing gum.