Off the beaten path, but not too far
Like many German towns, Kamp-Lintfort comes from the almagation of two villages grown together. Kamp was the original village, growing up next to the monastery - kloster - that had been established on the little hill, Klosterberg. Lintfort came about in the 19th century with the development of the coal mine industry. The two towns are very different in their outlook, with Kamp being an aggregation of much older houses and much quieter. Lintfort was developed as a company town. The mine elevator serves as the 'church spire' for this half. The mine is still going with the elevator going over a kilometer deep into the earth. Originally, sections of the town were divided into the area where the normal workers, die Bergwerkers, lived and the much larger and grander area where the Beamte, the mine officials, lived.