Blei- und Silberbergwerk Val S-charl

Museum Schmelzra

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Location: At S-charl, 13km from Scuol.
Open: mid-JUN to mid-OCT Tue-Fri 14-17, Sun 14-17. [2005]
Classification:  Lead Mine  Silver Mine
Light: electric.
Guided tours:  
Address: Blei- und Silberbergwerk Val S-charl, Pro Engadina Bassa, 7550 Scuol, Tel: +41-81-861-2222, Fax: +41-81-861-2223. E-mail: contact
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12th ctymining started.
1189the bishops of Trient were the lords of the are and thus ownte the mining rights.
1208the mining laws were written and stayed valid for centuries..
1317Herzog Heinrich von Kärnten gave the mine to Knight Gebhard von Guarda, Albert à Porta, Konrad, and Friedrich von Planta.
1499men from Scuol killed 200 Austrian miners.
16th ctymain mining period.
1618mining ended.
1658mining rights transferred to the village of Scuol.
1811mining revived by Johannes Hitz from Klosters.
1829mining finally ended.
1987foundation "Fundaziun Schmelzra S-charl" established.


The main ore of the S-charl mine is galena, a silver and lead ore, and spalerite (locally called Zinkblende), a zinc sulfate. The mine was operative for centuries with its peak during the 16th century. But finally the mining was not profitable enough and ended. It was revivied by Johannes Hitz from Klosters in 1811 and operated for almost two decades. The mining was not profitable, but many people from the valley were able to earn some money, which helped them to survive. About 50 kg of silver were produced every year during the early 1920s.

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