As many old-timers once exclaimed, “There’s gold in them there hills”!!! Indeed, gold, silver, and other valuable minerals are known to have been mined in the Ouachita Mountains in the nineteenth century. One man wrote of a gold mine near the Ouachita River as early as 1803, and also reported that government officials had been told of the gold about forty years earlier. In his “Memoir on the District of Ouachita in the Province of Louisiana,” Charles Francois Adrien Le Paulmier D’Annemours, “former Consul General of France in America,” recorded what he had learned about gold in the upper Ouachita River valley and described such a find.
Richter, Wendy Bradley, "D'Annemours Memoirs" (2016). Articles. 242.