The project 52 Runins has started; the plan for me, my friend Anders Lundgren (and perhaps some other enthusiasts) is to visit one ruin per week in the region Kronoberg during 2017.
Last Saturday, January 6, we made our first journey into the dark landscapes around the old glassworks in Kosta in the eastern part of Kronoberg. It was snowing, the first snow of the year, when we headed through the powerful dark fir forests. The dog in the trunk slept during the car trip, but became euphoric when she got out of the car and ran in the powder snow around the ruins.
The highlight was definitely the old power station in Vägershult, located a few hundred meters away from the village, close to a tiny stream. Electricity was not common on the Swedish countryside before year 1900. In the beginning of the century several private power stations were built.
Usually old structures were used – mills, sawmills, industries and so on, close to rivers and streams. The first power station in Vägershult was built in 1918, but it did not cover the needs, and therefore the community decided to build a new, and the area was self-sufficient from electricity in 1927. The power was used for lights and machines.
Besides the power station in Vägershult we stopped at the tar pile in Sävsjö, the wolf trap in Gillbonderyd and Sågtorpet (‘the saw homestead’), a location for sawing and transporting timber on a river. I can highly recommend you to visit these places, but only if you are obsessed with the poetry of ruins. (Believe me – this kind of sites will never be highlighted on Trip advisor or in Lonely planet guidebooks.)