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Report - Spinning Mill Jakobstal - Switzerland - April 2012

Discussion in 'European and International Sites' started by Jess, Apr 16, 2012.

  1. Jess

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    This place has been on my list for ages and I kept postponing a visit since it seemed like it would be there forever. Spending a couple of days back home and reading some local news paper, I got aware that it's no longer listed and that it's actually going to be demolished somewhen in the near future so I figured I'd better have a look now.

    The cotton spinning mill Jakobstal north of Zurich was established in 1863 and production went on until 1982. Since then, numerous fires have taken place, most of the ceilings and floors have collapsed and the buildings are mostly stripped bare. The place used to be surrounded by dense forest until very recently, it has now been cleared to make the demolishing process easier. As a result of all this, the place looks rather grim now...

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    Since workers were still present when we got to the site, we went for the small (and less exciting) buildings on the Northern site of the river first. There were a lot of lonely chairs.

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    Once the workers had left, we crossed the little bridge and had a look at the other site of the river where the main buildings with the last remaining machinery are:

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    Sulzer steam engine built in 1903:

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    Generator and control cabinet:

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    The ceiling and all the floors of the main building are completely collapsed due to a fire and heavy snowfall:

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    A little farewell a sprayer has left:

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    There's one other report on this place on here from 2009 and it's quite interesting to see how much it has changed in the course of the last three years, escpecially since the site has been derelict for over 30 years. It looks very bare without the forest, some spots are unaccessible by now due to collapsed ceillings and some buildings sealed.

    More pics on my flickr.
     
    #1 Jess, Apr 16, 2012
    Last edited: Apr 16, 2012

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