In a land founded on beliefs of social and religious unity, the Saugus Iron Works represented what would become one of the greatest features of our country; diversity. Work at the iron works brought together people of all skill levels, ages, backgrounds, classes, and ethnicities striving toward a common goal.
There are many stories that can be told through the workers who spent years laboring in the intense heat of the forge, or endlessly cutting trees for charcoal. There are stories that can be told of the townspeople who were forced to accept outsiders into their tight religious community. And still, there are stories of the Native Americans who welcomed iron into their culture, changing their way of life forever.
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A type of gabbro was used as flux at the Saugus Iron Works. Gabbro refers to a large number of dark, coarse-grained, igneous rocks, but the specific type of gabbro used at Saugus Iron Work was unique to Essex County, Massachusetts. It is named Essexite after the county.