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State's Only Gold Mine Processes Last Precious Ore

South Carolina's last operating mine, Kennecott Ridgeway, processed the final gold and silver it had extracted from two pits in southern Fairfield County.  But even though the mining and processing is done, the work at Kennecott is far from over...

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Mining Law—A Short History


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