La mine St Nicolas


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Location: Steinbach
Open: All year Sat 14:30-17.
[2010]
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Classification:  Lead Mine  Silver Mine  Iron Mine  Copper Mine
Light: electric.
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Guided tours: L=250m.
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Address: Groupe Minéralogique "Potasse", Dr. Mary Bernard, 12 rue des moulins, 68700 Cernay, Tel: 0389-756508. E-mail: contact
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History

 
15th ctyfirst mining.
1633mining destroyed by the Swedish occupants under the command of Bernard Saxe Weimar (Thirty Years War).
1695mine St Nicolas ropened.
~1850mining declined.
1871Alsace annexed by Prussia.
1874mine reopened by the German owners.
1902first mine closed.
1904end of mining.
1989restauration of the mine.

Geology

The rocks around Silberthal contain veins of polymetallic ores, mostly galena and chalcopyrite in quartz and barite. The veins were up to 60cm wide. The ore is of very good quality, typically "45 to 64 pounds of lead and 1/2 to 1 loth silver per quintal of ore". This means 45 to 64% lead and 0.03% to 0.06% silver content.


Description

La mine St Nicolas (The mine of St Nicolas) is located at the mining dirstrict Steinbach. It was renovated since 1989 by the club minéralogique "POTASSE" (mineral club Potash). The entrance was collapsed, so a section of about seven meters had to be reopened.

The mine was operated from the 17th century to the early 20th century. The passages show the marks of their creation with a hammer and chisel, and they are trucated by later passages built with the use of explosives. During the 18th century ventilation shafts were created to provide better air.


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