Blaine, NC is basically a spot in the road where Blaine Rd meets NC Hwy 109 in the Uwharrie National Forest. Montgomery County was home to the first gold boom in North Carolina which was about 7 years before the gold boom in California. Gold was actually discovered in the county as early as 1832.
At one time there were 35 active gold mines in the county. Towns such as Eldorado, Ophir, Troy, all played their parts of keeping the area alive during the Depression. You can still pan for gold in the Uwharrie River.
My dad and I have toured this area extensively when I was younger looking for old abandoned houses and the abandoned Russell Mine,Steel Mine, and Coggins Mine. We found a pre 1930's bus body on the side of the road, took a picture of it, and went back 6 months later and couldn't find it again.
I have 1 for grand pals 30 model A here somewhere.
I used to pan in the creek that runs through this property about a mile downstream from it.
I display my TT truck there on heritages days for the kids.
My best friend is the Manager of that place.
If I remember correctly, the gold in that part of the country was one reason Jackson gave the Cherokees the bum's rush.
Try this for the Reed Mine: