Kalimuseum Buggingen

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Location: Buggingen
Open: All year Sun 15-17.
Mine: after appointment.
Fee: Free, donations welcome.
Classification: MineSalt Mine
Light: LightIncandescent Electric Light System
Guided tours:  
Address: Kalimuseum Buggingen, Am Sportplatz 6a, 79426 Buggingen, Tel: +49-7631-18030
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1904 Discovery of potassium salt during deep dills for oil.
1910 Bankier Dr. Fritz Eltzbacher from Berliner gets concession to search for salt deposits.
02-MAR-1911 first deep drill near Hartheim.
11-JAN-1912 deep drill Buggingen, 1 km west of the trail station.
1916 concession to mine potassium salt for Dr. Eltzbacher.
22-APR-1922 three mining companies founded.
07-AUG-1922 begin of Schacht 1.
1928 begin of salt production.
07-MAY-1934 mining accident, 86 miners die.
1972 decision to close mine.
13-APR-1973 mine closed.
1996 opening of Kalimuseum in the Hauptstra├če 14.
2005 opening of show mine.
2009 show mine enlarged and new building for Kalimuseum.



The Kalimuseum Buggingen (Potassium Museum Buggingen) was founded by the Bergmannsverein Buggingen (Mining Heritage Club Buggingen) to hold up the memory of the important salt mining heritage of the area. The history of the potassium salt mining is displayed on plates, there are historric documents, photographs, and exhbits. The pictures include the early days, the active mining, and the closure of the mine. It also a small theatre with movies about the German salt mining.

The museum has an underground mine tunnel displaying the salt mining. It is located inside a former ice cellar, which was used as an air raid shelter during World War II. The former miners of the mining heritage club worked for three years to turn it into a realists salt mine tunnel. It was enlarged, equipped with wooden and iron shoring and lighted with mine lamps. It is euipped with 110 m of working railroad tracks complete with traffic signals. The tunnel displays all kinds of minng machinery which are all in a working state and can be demonstrated. There are a chain conveyor named Panzer (tank), and various drilling machines.

Below Buggingen a high grade deposit of potassium salt was mined, which was discovered in the early 20th century by deep drills. Potassium was an important mineral fertilizer which was processen on site in the so-called "Fabrik" (Factory) and then dispatched to the customers. The potassium mine and factory were the most important employer in the whole area. In its heydays the mine had 1,200 employees and was the biggest mine in southern Germany.

The mining took place in a depth between 700 m and 1,100 m, the deposit was 4m thick. During its operation the mine produced 17 Million tons of salt.

The mine was closed in 1973 because it had become unprofitable. Today only the slag heap "Monte Kalino", the former mine canteen, the administration building, and some miner cottages remain.