The phrase, "Thar's Gold in Them Thar Hills" was not coined by Tim Skees, but he certainly agrees with it. Tim, who is a former second Lieutenant in the Air Force, presently a firefighter and law enforcement officer, as well as a Mason and Templar Knight, says he has been prospecting for gold since 1991, and now has his own video program on Youtube, called "The Southern Prospector Show."
In Tim's own words, he describes his passion. "I think other than Tom Massie and the show "Gold Fever" on the outdoor channel, that I am the only small scale person doing this as an independent. I travel all across the southeastern US and into Indiana a lot, mining and prospecting, as there is a lot of fine 'glacial' gold brought down by the glaciers from the last ice age and dumped in central Indiana when they melted and retreated back north."
As Tim has stated, prospecting for gold is his passion, as it it for many others in many countries. As an introduction to this segment of "Small Town Travel," I think we should focus on the word "Gold" and it's name in other languages. It called 'Or' in French, 'Guld' in Danish, 'Ginto' in Filipino, 'Золото' in Russian, and in Cherokee, it is 'Dahlonega.' As a matter of fact, the first gold rush in America occurred where the present town of Dahlonega, Georgia is now located, and not in the west as many believe.
Please follow us across the Eastern United States, as we roll along on the "Examiner Express," and see where our engineer, Tim Skees, takes us next. Please watch his videos in the Examiner and on Youtube.