The center of the Swedish abandoned mining town Grängesberg was once located here, right among this greenery and trees. Don’t you believe it? Follow on a tour of the ruins, and find out why the center was demolished.
To understand why Grängesberg’s center had to be moved and erased, you should know the story behind. In Grängesberg, existed at the beginning of the 1900s the most profitable mining in Sweden, and the city was a hive of activity.
The ground under Grängesberg has endless mining tunnels, and these randomly colappsing. It creates in turn a sinkhole that brings buildings, people and roads – well, everything that is above ground down in it. This has been going on for a long time in, but it was first in the 1700s they began to notice collapsed pits.
Grängesberg is cut in half
In 1913 there was a large crack in the ground. This crack would affect Grängesberg throughout the 1900s. In 1928 the crack had become so large, that the center had split in two parts. An evacuation plan for the city’s buildings were established.
The relocation of the center
Several buildings were at risk of tumbling into a hole. They simply had to begin to demolish them and build them up in a stable ground. In the old center, which is now completely overgrown or is under water, were for example a fish shop, church, police station, paint shop, hotel and other things that belongs to a city.
Today there are only ruins remain. In the 1970s, became Grängesbergs old center only a memory. Then they had just moved the railway station and closed the school and the hospital.
In 1989 the mine was deemed to no longer profitable, which resulted in nearly 1,000 people became unemployed. Grängesberg began to die, and the result of it we see here.