1900Transportation of marble from the Lasa Valley
The transportation of stone blocks from the place of extraction was difficult and expensive. A descent of approximately 1500 m required frequent loading and unloading operations and had to be completed in several steps. The marble blocks were carefully reduced to the correct size and then loaded onto so-called "Schloafbam" or pulling-trees. This ‘sledge’ was slowly lowered down the steep inclined plane. After being lowered from the quarry to the "Auflege” or docking station, the blocks were loaded on the “Schleifprotzen”: a specially designed loading cart with sturdy 20 cm wide front wheels, an iron reinforcement and a pulling axis fitted with sturdy trunks that served as the loading plan for the heavy stones.