During my hike, I followed the marked course of the Schwalm until it started on the Komoot map. Irritated by the boulder with the inscription "Schwalmquellgebiet" located elsewhere, I did some research on the Internet and i.a. found the following article in the Aachener Zeitung on July 9, 2003:
Rheinbraun delivers boulder: space to rest
ERKELENZ-GENEIKEN A little label fraud is already there. Because the water that gushes out of the forest floor in genetics at Elsekämp is by no means from a source.
The supposed Schwalm spring is an artificially created entry point from Rheinbraun. Here, water is to be supplied to the Schwalm spring area, which is pumped out as groundwater due to the mining activity in the east of Erkelenz.
The inscription on the boulder weighing several tons, which Rheinbraun put into genetics on Wednesday on the initiative of Schwanenberg district committee chair Willi Jansen, does not refer to a source, but to the Schwalm spring area.
As Rheinbraun expressly emphasized when the stone was handed over on Wednesday, the water feeds into the Schwalm area had meanwhile brought the water level back to the 1955 level.
When the stone was handed over to Jansen, Jansen reminded the participants of how this stone came about. The 81-year-old Heinrich Schmitz asked him years ago to look for a boulder. Jansen got in touch with Rheinbraun, the company gladly fulfilled the wish and promised to continue to help when help was needed.
In the past, the first Schwalm spring was still in Schwanenberg, then the beginning of the river moved to the Dyker Hof, today the first traces are in this area on the Elsekämp; exactly where the stone is now.
May 18, 2020
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