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Allanridge was named after one of the pioneers of the Free State gold fields, Allan Roberts, geoligist and Prospector. Loraine Gold Mine Allanridge is the centre for the Loraine Gold Mine and is dominated by the tall headgear and complex reduction works which treat 75 000 tons of gold-bearing ore every month. Water pumped from the underground workings fills an extensive lake where several thousand flamingoes and other birds make their homes. The town was designed in 1950 on futuristic lines by William O. Backhouse, who also planned the city of Welkom.