Schwelgern coking plant
Zdzieszowice coke plant in Poland
Liege coking plant
During the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, the combination of coal, capital, and railways brought a gigantic new industry to Jefferson and Indiana counties. Due to their favorable Northeast location, the product of the area’s first coal mines soon poured in a stead stream into markets as far away as New England, the Great Lakes and Canada. In the mining areas, peaceful farms and sawmills were suddenly displaced by tipples, mule barns, and block of identical miners’ houses. In some locations, another unfamiliar sight appeared – long rows of meticulously-constructed beehive coke ovens.
in 1992 its future as an industrial monument was not yet secure.
Kokerei Zollverein was built between 1957 and 1961.It was one of the world’s biggest coking plants (8,500 tonnes of coke per day). The coking plant was closed in 1993 and the demolition was imminent. The coking plant was saved thanks to the efforts of the Foundation for the Conservation of Industrial Monuments and Historical Culture).
Built 1905, abandoned 2001. Dead but Not Forgotten!
Marcinelle : a tragedy that we can not forget
On the morning of 8th August 1956, a fire in the mines of Marcinelle caused the death of 262 workers. At the time of the incident, 274 people were working in the colliery Bois du Cazier, also known as Puits Saint-Charles.
A fire at one of the shafts of the coal mine of the Bois du Cazier, caused the deaths of 262 people from twelve different nationalities, mainly Italian, 136 victims, then Belgian, 95, was a chilling tragedy, the miners were left with no way escape, suffocated by gas fumes.
The old mine became a memorial dedicated to Italian immigration in Belgium : a museum “Le Bois du cazier” is dedicated at the tragedy.
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