There And Back

There And Back
11:57 am
Sat June 22, 2013

There And Back: The Reed Gold Mine

A Pan-O-lympics participant at The Reed Gold Mine finishes the speed panning event in style.
Tasnim Shamma

For the next few months, WFAE is hitting the road to explore some of the places you can visit as a day trip from the Charlotte area. Last week, we took you to Lazy 5 Ranch, a roadside petting zoo in Mooresville.

Today, we’re turning to a local treasure: a state historic site in Midland that marks the first documented discovery of gold in the United States.

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There And Back
9:52 am
Sat June 15, 2013

There And Back: Lazy 5 Ranch

Visitors feed giraffes at the Lazy 5 Ranch near Mooresville
Duncan McFadyen WFAE

If you take Main Street east from downtown Mooresville, it becomes a two-lane country road. A few miles down, you’ll see some camels grazing behind a fence just a few yards from the pavement. That’s how the Lazy 5 Ranch started. In the late 1980s, a guy who liked to collect exotic animals would let school groups peer at the critters from his driveway, but as interest grew, he decided to let people get up close. It's become very popular.

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