Fondón Mine

Fondón Mine

Sama de Langreo

It was built on the former mountain mine facilities in La Nalona which reached its full potential under Duro’s ownership, when a huge vertical shaft was dug.

Fondón mine was built on the former mountain mine facilities in La Nalona, one of the oldest in the Nalón valley. It had been quite important in the first half of the nineteenth century under management by Alejandro Aguado, Marquess de Las Marismas, one of the more charismatic figures in the industrialization of Asturias. Nevertheless, it reached its full potential under Duro’s ownership, when a huge vertical shaft was dug. Along with the Etelvinas mines in the Hueria de Carrocera valley, in nearby San Martín county, these were the company’s only mines until the early twentieth century, when it evolved to become the foremost coal mining concern in Spain. By that time La Nalona was already an emblematic site for the company, and this is why it decided to dig its first vertical shaft coal mine there, soon to be followed by Sotón, Mosquitera and many others.

The buildings at Fondón mine cover a wide span of time – some date from the original underground expansion, such as the 1915 powerhouse and the Nineteen Forties dressing room barracks, electrical repair shop, and offices. And yet there is a visible homogeneity – brickwork, stone foundations, impost lines, windows, mouldings – which defines a model the company would use again and again. The loading dock was renovated in the Fifties, and features some remarkable murals by Jesús Díaz, Zuco.

This mine’s history is one of the richest in the region, and includes events such as finding a dinosaur; flooding it to put out a terrible fire; becoming a penal colony, where the vanquished in the Civil War would mine coal for the winners; being the final resting place for the ashes of HUNOSA’s president, José Manuel Fernández Felgueroso; demolishing one of its headframes; housing the company’s historical archives – these are some lights and shadows and everything in between in the first mine owned by the once powerful Duro Felguera.

Headframe and mural by Jesús Díaz «Zuco»

Engine Room

La Nalona Adit