The village of Stavsjö, situated between Norrköping and Nyköping south of Stockholm, mainly exists because of the ironworks that started its production in 1662. The ironworks was placed by the lake Stavsjön because of the natural resources of the area. In 1666 the production of canons started and became the main product for 200 years. Today the factory is still running and produces knife gate valves.
|Stavsjö bruksmuseum - model of the village around 1900|
During the years 1898-1902 3000 arcres of forest was damaged by the black arches butterfly and a railroad was built to transport timber from the Kolmården woods down to the bay in the Baltic sea. The railroad-trasportation ended in 1939 when cars had become more common. Today you can walk or go by bike where the rails once were.
|Kolmården station down by the bay.|
|The old original part of the inn.|
|The conference and hotell section that was added in the early 1980's.|
My grandfather's brother used to run the local gas station, right next to the inn, and my mom's cousin took over. When the highway moved so did the gas station and is one of Sweden's most visited gas stations.
Stavsjö bruksmuseum by Masugn under license CC BY-SA 3.0
Kolmården station, Stavsjö station and the inn by Your Swedish Herigage
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