Traces of days gone by can still be discovered everywhere on Leopold mine’s site. These also include the one-story single trestle of construction type Promitz 2. It was built by the constructors in the years 1912/13. One highlight is the half-timbered construction with four adjoining rope sheaves. A dual-hoisting machine building is connected directly to the plant that consists of two machine houses positioned next to each other.
For example, two twin tandem steam-driven winding machines with corresponding machine driver’s cabins and manually operated crane runways are waiting for you. One of the machines was started up again and is demonstrated during tours. It’s also well worth taking a look inside of the machine buildings. That’s because this is where you can see wall and floor tiles from the early 20th century – and recreate the miners’ day-to-day work life.
Due to its immense historical and societal importance, the plant was entered in the City of Dorsten’s list of monuments in 2004. The Foundation for the Preservation of Industrial Monuments has been taking care of the hoisting machine building since 2011, and four years later, it obtained ownership of the headframe.
Today, Leopold mine promotes something very special: the curiosity and knowledge of people. The plant is a lively place for meeting, getting experience and for extracurricular learning. The Association for Mining, Industrial and Social History ("Verein für Bergbau-, Industrie- und Sozialgeschichte e.V.") is therefore collaborating closely with the Foundation for the Preservation of Industrial Monuments, and offers historic industrial and district-related tours and events throughout the year. The association also uses the preserved double hoisting machine building, and gives fascinating insights there, and even civil weddings are possible here. Another highlight on the site: the Leopold-Regal.