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Gossan Mines Unearthed: Special Feature

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Delve into the history of a massive mining operation that once existed in Carroll County's Iron Ridge area.

By Christopher Brooke, Reporter

Gossan Mines shaped life in the Iron Ridge community of Carroll County for 57 years, while workers hauled pyrrhotite ore out of the ground for General Chemical.
Mine superintendent Fred E. Johnson oversaw the day-to-day operations at Gossan as part of an international mining career.
Always associated with the extractive industry in his professional life, Johnson earned the moniker “Hardrock.”


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