Mines de Hussigny-Godbrange

Musée de la mine de fer d'Hussigny-Godbrange


Useful Information

Location: Hussigny-Godbrange
Open: On certain weekends, only with appointment, please call.
12-APR-2014, 13-APR-2014 10, 14, 16.
03-MAY-2014, 04-MAY-2014 10, 14, 16.
28-JUN-2014, 29-JUN-2014 10, 14, 16.
20-SEP-2014, 21-SEP-2014 10, 14, 16.
22-NOV-2014 10, 14, 16.
[2014]
Fee: Adults EUR 7, Children (0-9) not allowed.
[2014]
Classification:  Iron Mine
Light: electric.
Dimension:  
Guided tours: D=2h.
Photography: Allowed.
Accessibility: No
Bibliography:  
Address: Mairie de Hussigny-godbrange, Tel: +33-382-444016, Fax: +33-382-443144. E-mail: contact
As far as we know this information was accurate when it was published (see years in brackets), but may have changed since then.
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Last update:$Date: 2015/08/30 21:54:36 $

History

 
1874Labbe des Forges de Gorcy receives a concession to mine Hussigny, and decides to mine underground.
1878opening of the railway line Longwy-Villerupt.
1878The great Godbrange concession is granted to a group of master blacksmiths.
1880mining started.
~1914introduction of compressed air.
1954Hussigny mine closed.
1955consolidated operation of the mines Godbrange, Hussigny, and Tiercelet under a single management.
1967open pit mining at Hussigny ends.
1969first crisis hits the mine.
1978mine closed.
1986pumps turned off, mine partly flooded.
1996Association d'Histoire Industrielle (AHI) restores the mine.
1999guided tours started.

Geology


Description

The Mines de Hussigny-Godbrange are abandoned iron mines, which are kept in a safe state. They are maintained as a mining museum, but it seems the number of visitor is not sufficient to allow regular open hours. So the mine is opened on certain weekends in spring and autumn. Participants must register, the number of visitors is limited to 20 per tour. This mine is in its original state, so bring warm clothes, which may get dirty and sturdy shoes. The hard hat with miners headlamp is provided by the organizers.

The mining followed an almost horizontal orebody, which was estimated 10 million tonnes of ore, grading at least 33%. It is surrounded by limestone and siliceous limestone. The operation used the room and pilar method, on an area 1,000m x 750m parallel passages, 8m wide and 7m high, were mined.

The ore was transported with heavy machinery, and during the decades the size of the machines increased. The museum has all kinds of machinery in working condition on the site, and it is possible to show how they work. The mine is entered by car, and starts with a ride to the mining front. This shows the size of this mine.


See also


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