History of Högfors. Ref. 1
History of Högfors. Ref. 1
Foundries and mines in Bergslagen
Driving with mc to Högfors
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Högfors järnvägsstation. Ref 1
Högfors old railway station. Ref 1
Tidtabell Norbergs veteranjärnväg. Ref 1
TimetableNorbergs veteran railway. Ref 1
De två kvavarande masugnspiporna. Ref 1
The two remaining foundry pipes. Ref 1
Foto från 1920-talet. Ref 1
Photo from 1920th. Ref 1
Norbergsån nedanför fallet. Ref 1
The Norberg stream beneath te small water fall. Ref 1
Rester från turbinanläggningen. Ref 1
Rest parts from the trbine device. Ref 1
Dammen uppströms. Ref 1
The pond upstream. Ref 1
Det gamla kolhuset 160 m långt, används idag som förråd. Ref 1
The old coal house 160 m long. Is used today as a storing place. Ref 1
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To the right. The rest of the turbine pipe has been a small water stream. Ref 1
Den gamla turbinrännan. Ref 1

What you can see of Högfors foundry today is built as late as 1915 - 16. It was laid down 1953. In spite of this iron production in Högfors has the place roots since 1539. With the permission from Gustav Vasa a hammer was built at this place. The demands were the high waterfalls which the river of Norberg created at this place. There were two burghers from Västerås who put money in this place. This was the developments which ended 1953. The last owner was Avesta Jernverk AB as they bought the company 1915.  Earlier owner were mainly Brahe, d'la Gardie. The last invested with money profit from the 30th years war among others in Högfors. The last invested the money from 30th war among other places in Högfors. The place was so important that when the first railroad built in Sweden, Högfors got a station of it's own. The railroad has today traffic by the Veteran railroad of Norberg. Tourist traffic is made between Norberg and Engelsberg. In the old stations house a trial was made to open a summer café 2007 but it seemed to have ceased 2008. The iron ores from the mines in Norberg was transported to Högfors and the iron was then sent to Fagersta. An impressing production of iron was produced during the period between wars. Between 1200 to 1500 tons of pig iron every month. This was made with a labor force of 70 men. All buildings were teared down 1974 according to the old photo and what's left are the two furnace pipes and also the of shaft stones made foundation walls. The nice manor built by Jacob d'la Gardie in the middle of 1600 was not changed until 1974. It was rebuilt and the two old wings were teared down. Högfors manor was kept within the family and became a cultural center with Åkerhielm and Hamilton as leading families. The grandchildren of Hugo Hamilton and Olof Lagercrantz took later över Virsbo Bruk. Today it is hard to understand that  the existing small waterfall had given that impression amount of power to get the quite large establishment, that the Johnson concern run. They also owned and run Engelsberg factory. It is notable that Engelsberg foundry stopped it's production the same time as when Högfors started production. They invested the money earned during WWI to built up Högfors factory which produced several times more. May be Johnson had the feeling of great amount of iron was needed within 20 years WWII!

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