"The old mining area so derisory for the village of Hoffnungsthal has disappeared and a facility has been created where many will be happy," a newspaper reporter rejoiced 75 years ago after visiting the construction site of the Hoffnungsthal outdoor swimming pool. Even those who today make their way through the modern stainless steel pools of the pool, which has been completely renewed over the past few years, can hardly imagine that a settling pond still existed at the same place a good hundred years ago. This was simply left after the decommissioning of mine Bergsegen mine (on the site of today's sports field). Actually, no inviting place to swim, after all, the heavy metal-containing wastewater of the ore mine had been cleaned in the pond until the beginning of the 20th century.A brook used to feed the outdoor pool.After the First World War, however, Canadian and British occupation soldiers discovered the "Kluus", as the locals called the settling pond, as a bathing opportunity. They soon found imitators among young hope thalers, after all, the burden seemed to be less than 20 years after the mine closed. In the meantime, frogs had settled in the reeds, as witnesses later reported. In addition, the water was now blue and an investigation has also revealed that it was "not dangerous to health" ...rundschau-online.de/freibad-als-erste-gingen-die-soldaten-baden-10374694
November 30, 2019
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