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Re: Italy, Cesena, Formignano, Museo della Miniera Formignano
« Reply #2 on: February 17, 2021, 02:40:27 PM »
The mining site of Formignano is part of the Romagna-Marche sulphur basin which includes several mines, some of them active since the Roman times. The mine experienced several managements by local entrepreneurs and by joint-stock companies, mainly during the peak of sulphur use in the late 19th century  industries, that attracted foreign investors and led the basin to be the second world producer and exporter of sulphur (after Sicily). In 1912 sulphur market monopoly passed to U.S.A, in 1917 Montecatini acquired all the mines of the territory, closing Formignano among the last ones in 1962. It was the first industry in Romagna to have a profound impact on land, society, local economy (which was mainly agricultural), on migratory flows and on work culture, made of hard works and difficult gaining of rights, in social and political difficulties and hazardous and often unfair work conditions. In 1987, a group of volunteers created the Società di Ricerca e Studio della Romagna Mineraria, an association to promote initiatives for the preservation of the site and the memory and awareness of the local community, in addition to historical research, publications, gathering of oral memories, photographs, and documents. In 1999 the site is owned by the municipality of Cesena, which has set up a recovery project never carried out. Today the site is a green area, an interesting example of spontaneous regeneration of the vegetation, waiting for interventions to enable the safe of visitors to the remains of the mining village, of the fusion furnaces and of the entrance of the sloping-adit, partially opened in 2015 by Regional speleologists. In 2020 the widening of the regional park Parco dello Zolfo delle Marche has started to include the Emilia Romagna Region and the site.
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