The mine Westfalen in Ahlen dates from the early 20th century, on the initiative of some local manufacturers, who had formed a community of interests. After 1901, the area of the peasantry Rosendahl in mineral exploration coal reserves were discovered, was led until 1907 by a further 33 deep wells. On February 1, 1909 began with the sinking of the shafts 1 and 2. At the same time the necessary infrastructure (roads, colliery railway, mine own brickyard) was created.
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