Silver ore and later bismuth, cobalt and nickel ores were extracted in the Weißer Hirsch mine, first mentioned in the 17th century. It took on a central role in 1880 when several mines were united to form the Schneeberg cobalt field in order to extract ores for blue pigment production. 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 was the starting point for uranium ore mining in this region under the name Shaft 3.