Bannergram : STS-2 recording of 2011 Tohoku event at BFO History of the mine

Old mine car in front of the mineMining operations at the "Grube Anton" started back in 1770. From 1834 to 1850 the major finds were made:Old mine building

  • 740 kg silver
  • 189487 kg cobalt ore

In 1970 the abandoned mine "Anton" was chosen as future site for a geophysical observatory. From 1970 to 1972 construction was under way for the mine and lab-building. The costs of 0.75 million DM were covered by the Volkswagen (VW) Foundation.

Since 1972 the observatory is in operation.