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The Col-des-Roches Underground Mills


The Col-des-Roches Underground Mills Location : Near Le Locle (La Chaux-de-Fonds)

Le Locle is situated in an upper valley of the Central Jura Mountains in Switzerland. Its water was originally retained in a lake which eventually found its way by an underground passage through the rocky shelf at the western end of the valley. The site was formally named as Portes du Locle, Roches Fendues or Cul–des-Roches and today it is known as the Col-des-Roches. Modern man decided to settle at the Col-des-Roches in the middle of the 16th century in order to exploit the hydraulic power of the valley's water. Gradually the generation of millers hewed away the rock and dug wells and channels of water so as to build, perfect and operate an impressive system of hydraulic wheels and mills. Since 1973, the Col-des-Roches Millers' Confraternity has worked benevolently to save the site, to enhance its value and to create a National Millers Museum, providing visitors with a double excursion into the underground world and the history of the region and of water-mills

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