THE ABANDONED, DECAYED AND FORGOTTEN!

ZECHE HUGO

AUGUST AND SEPTEMBER 2011 - 30 PHOTOS
ABANDONED AND TRASHED

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The German Ruhr area was for many years one of Europe's largest coal industries. The economic crisis in the seventies and eighties has started a largescaled decline which closed many mines. The area of Gelsenkirchen was once a great industrial metropolis, today many mines are demolished, abandoned or became a museum. The sound of the mines are quiet know, the black coaldust is slowly fading away. Only industrial remains and overgrown black hills are there.

Zeche Hugo closed its doors around April 2000. All of the hard working miners had to leave the port of Hugo for the last time, suddenly the city had three thousand new unemployed. In recent years nearly all of the buildings of the complex where demolished. Only one of the shaft towers is still standing, it is now a museum status. The trashed complex with offices, administration and changing rooms is also still there. The latter complex is located in a very dilapidated state, especially the dressing room is very special to see. Hundreds of steel baskets with iron chains are hanging high from the ceiling. Here the miners dropped away their shoes, clothing and personal belongings during their service. With a chain the miners hoisted their basket meter-high to the roof, so personal things were safe from theft. Each worker had his own numbered chain basket.

Today the immense chainfilled hall with hundreds of these baskets are still hanging. This is a tremendous thing to see and to walk around, as if your in a horror movie. All these chains and cages give a somewhat sinister atmosphere!