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Thousands of miners descended up to 900 metres deep in the Eisden coal mine between 1923 and 1987. Hundreds of labourers kept the shaft wheels turning aboveground. The mine closed for good in 1987. Two coal shafts testify to years of extracting coal. Kompel beers are an ode to coal miners, their diligent work and their lives of dust and sweat.
A step back in time. André Dumont discovered coal in Limburg in 1901. Over the years seven coal mines were established in Limburg: Beringen, Eisden, Houthalen, Waterschei, Winterslag, Zolder, and Zwartberg. Coal was first mined in Eisden in 1923.
The miners descended to depths of 900 metres.
There was a record yield of about 1.9 million tons in 1957. At that time the mine employed about 7000 miners. The Eisden mine closed in 1987. A total of 73,191,000 tons of coal was extracted between 1923 and 1987.