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History

Upon completion of the coop of the biggest coal mine of the Ruhr area, the mining shaft or Schacht 1/2/8 became the centre and pivotal point of events for miners of the Coal Mine Industrial Complex or Zollverein. The coop was a dressing and washing room with a capacity for up to 3,000 miners. The so-called white coop was where the miners left their street clothes and put them in baskets, whereas the black coop was used for work clothes, the baskets were subsequently pulled towards the ceiling. The coop was modernized in 1964 and remained in operation until coal mining was altogether stopped in 1986.

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