Evidence of mining in Lauta dates back to the 16th century. Impressive lines of heaps from silver ore mining follow the course of lodes and shape the landscape. Each heap marks the location of one or more surface shafts. The intervals between the heaps reflect the size of the former mine fields. The Bauer Morgengang and Elisabeth Flachen lodes are amongst the most historically important lodes. From the 18th century, the shaft Rudolf-Schacht, the most important main shaft, was developed along the latter.