|Location:||Großerlach. The key is available at the Freizeitzentrum Großerlach.|
All year Mon-Fri 8-12, Thu 15-19.
Gemeinde Großerlach, Stuttgarter Straße 18, 71577 Großerlach, Tel: +49-7903-9154-0, Fax: +49-7903-9154-33.
Freizeitzentrum, Tel: +49-7903-2484 (Gottfried Mauss).
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|1926||portal first excavated.|
|MAY-2000||show mine opened.|
Since May 2000 the Silberstollen "Gabe Gottes" in Großerlach is open as a show mine. It has ben excavated and restored by the Heimatverein Großerlach and the Arbeitskreis Silberstollen. It is 30m long and is visited on self guided tours. The key is available from the Freizeitzentrum Großerlach.
The tunnel was operated only one year, is was something like a small silver rush. The story begins in December 1772. The three farmers Hans Georg Jäcklen, Johann Christoph Wieland and Sigmund Wieland from Erlach were digging a well. They discovered a strange blue and shiny layer. The Bergrat Riedel, the local mining bureaucrat, in Wüstenrot analyzed the rocks and found a certain amount of silver. He visited the location, asked for the owner of the ground and planned the operatio of a mine. A few days later the Rat und Vogt zu Löwenstein Fischer decides, that the mine will be built. He also decides there would be 132 Kuxen (shares), 128 for the mine, 1 for the ruler, 1 for the owner of the ground, 1 for the Saint and the school, and 1 for the priest for his prayers. The estmations of the production are very optimistic.
The mine starts operation in March and is soon heavily indebted. In autumn a stamp and smelter are started in Liemersbach. At the end of the year the mine is abandoned because of its lack of rentability. Riedel had created a deficit of 3500 Gulden in only one year. We do not know what happened to him and his debtees. But while the tunnel was an economic desaster, it was also a hideout for the local people during wars and other troubles. It may have saved one or the other live.
In the area numerous mines exist, named "Unverhoft Glück" (unexpected luck), "Soldatenglück" (soldiers luck), "Der freundliche Bergmann" (the friendly miner), or "Treue Freundschaft" (loyal friendschip). None of them was actually rentable. The sandston from the middle Keuper (Upper Triassic) contains small amounts of malachite (copper ore) and siver ores. But the deposits are generally not rentable.