The Moler Man

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Back in the first half of the 20th century there was only a few possible business people could join. The traditional lines of work would be fishing or farming – but the modernization of these industries meant there wasn’t enough work within the traditional business. Instead the male population could find work in the new industry – the digging of a special sort of clay called moler in Danish.

Moler man – remembering the men who worked digging the moler

The digging for moler was done by hand from 1925 to 1965. The work was hard and the pay was low – but it was work for the people who needed something to do to make a living. By the middle of the 1960s the digging for moler was mechanized and there was no longer a need for the hardworking men.

The place they are digging for moler

To commemorate these hard working men who helped shape the landscape of Fur a statue of one of the men has been erected on the island. Fittingly the statue has been placed next to the largest mining site where they still dig for the moler.

You can find the statue right next to a parking lot not far from one of the ancient burial hills on the island. It is on a small road leading up to the parking lot at the north beach of Fur.

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