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The Weisser Hirsch mine is first mentioned in the 17th century; it was initially used for the extraction of silver ore, followed later by bismuth, cobalt and nickel ores. With expansion to turn it into a central hoisting shaft and pump shaft, it became one of the most important mines in the region. It acquired a key role in 1880, when several mines were combined to form the Schneeberg cobalt field, in order to supply ores for the production of blue pigment. The mine became world-famous when a large number of uranium minerals were discovered here for the first time. After the Second World War, it became the gateway for uranium ore mining in this region, under the name of Shaft 3.

Active associations in the Erzgebirge/Krušnohoří Mining Region: 

Bergbauverein Weisser Hirsch