There's gold in them there hills, we'll at least according to this 1896 map I found. Here is the link. Below is the map zoomed in to Randolph County. The red dots are supposed to be gold deposits. This map is titled "Preliminary Map Showing Location of Principal Gold Deposits in North Carolina" and is "From the records of the state Geological Survey. [Raleigh]: N.C. Geological Survey, 1896. (Baltimore, Md. : Lith. by A. Hoen & Co.). NCC call number Cm912g G618n."