Mining roots run deep in Bartow County
Since the beginning of human migration, resources have played into the birth, development and decline of civilizations — from the nomadic hunting parties of Eurasia to the precious few wells of Ara…
Although Dahlonega won fame more than 180 years ago, the geological significance of Bartow County gave birth to an industry that has yet to run dry. With the discovery of iron ore, manganese, ochre, umber and barite, the area known to geologists as the Cartersville Mining District is now world renown. The roots of Bartow County’s mining industry go much further than pioneers, conquistadors or native inhabitants. The oldest radioactively dated rock formation in the state of Georgia lies in Bartow County, dated at 1.2 billion years old.
Professional Geologist Stan Bearden holds the position of vice president of operations at Cartersville-based New Riverside Ochre. The oldest continuously operating mining operation in the Cartersville Mining District, New Riverside produces ochre, umber and barite, all of which are minerals formed hundreds of millions of years ago through the geological events that shaped the face of the earth.