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|Classification:||Copper Mine Gem Mine|
|Address:||Besucherbergwerk Bertsch, Südring 2, 34497 Korbach|
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|1550||beginn of copper mining.|
|1750||end of copper mining.|
The show mine Bertsch was originaly a copper mine. Between 1550 and 1750 copper ores were mined. The tunnels of the show mine were manually hewn into the rock 450 years ago The miners used hammer and chisel as their only tools.
Today the former copper mine is a show mine, but there is still some mining going on. Beneath the copper ores there are red quartz nodules, which are called Kellerwald-Achat (Kellerwald agate). The production is processed in the nearby gem mill Edelsteinschleiferei Lange It is sold primarly as jewelry.
Beneath the show mine there are numerous remains of the mining history in the town Bergfreiheit. In one of the former miner's cottages is a small mining musuem named Bergamt. It has exhibitions on mining, crafts, and local minerals and rocks. At the show mine is the start of the Kulturhistorisch-ökologischer Lehrpfad Bergfreiheit. This trail has plates explaining the local mining history, the geology and the ecology.