The Gold Mile

Downtown Rutherfordton

Main Street

Rutherfordton, NC 28139

(828) 287-6113

Christopher Bechtler minted America’s first one-dollar gold coin, in 1832, almost 17 years before the U.S. Mint made one of their own. The Gold Mile is a commemorative trail around downtown Rutherfordton that begins at the Bechtler House on W. 6th Street, and makes its way through the boutiques and businesses on Main Street.

The trail is marked by replica Bechtler one-dollar gold coins donated by those who support the rich history of Rutherford County. Although the coins are not real gold like the original, they are crafted by a local artist to resemble Bechtler’s famous one-dollar coin. Each one is hand-made and customized with a dedication message. If you are interested in leaving your mark on Rutherford County and becoming a part of the Gold Mile, you can pick up a donation form at the Bechtler House or online at


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