The Pactolus River used to be rich in gold-bearing sand. Near the riverbank, installations for the separation of gold and silver have been excavated. This shows that in the 6th century B.C., the Lydians were able to collect and separate the natural alluvial electrum, which was found in the Pactolus River, into gold and silver. It was the source of the proverbial wealth of King Croesus. This river is also connected with the legend of Midas, who got rid of the “golden touch” being washing himself in its waters.