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Folldal Mines


Mining was carried out in Folldal for almost 250 years, 1748-1993. Folldal Works provided copper, zinc and sulphur, and operation of the mines had a significant influence on the development of the community in Folldal and the surrounding villages. A large percentage of the population worked here for short or long periods of time, and as many as 550 people were employed in the mines. Folldal Works became a small community of its own. It had its own general store, bakery, butcher, laundry, school and banqueting hall. Families of up to ten members lived at the works in tiny flats of 20 to 40 square metres. Many of the buildings belonging to the works are still standing in the area, including everything from large industrial buildings to living quarters, pigsties and woodsheds. Guided train tours take the visitor into the old mine area Stoll I, where wooden constructions, mine shafts and halls for extracting ore are still visible. Six hundred metres into the mountain is Wormshall, in which concerts and other activities take place. The mining museum exhibits models showing the installation, and also has equipment used in the mining process and other interesting items such as the mine director's car from 1914. Overnight accommodation is available. There are marked footpaths in the area.


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