If Le Creusot is known thanks to its rich mining past, the town, now bright and curious, is resolutely turned towards the future. It is proud of its industrial history, and its geographical location makes it an attraction. It is interesting to remember, however, how Le Creusot was built. It is thanks to the discovery of a coal deposit in 1502 that the entire industrial history of the region began. First a royal foundry in 1782, under the patronage of the king for the manufacture of cannons for the Navy, the richness of its subsoil made it possible in 1786 to found a crystal factory for Queen Marie-Antoinette. Formerly established in Sèvres, this crystal factory operated until 1832. But it was in 1836 that the Schneider brothers' epic began. They were the ones who worked to raise the city to make it known to the whole world. Thanks to profound transformations, in a few years the reputation of the factories became considerable and the production of coal doubled. They were the first locomotive of French origin to operate in France! The industrial revolution was launched and would continue to grow for nearly four generations. The sledgehammer located at the southern entrance to the city is the emblem of this glorious past. Le Creusot (22,000 inhabitants) situated between the Charolais bocage and the vineyards of the Chalonnais is a charming town to discover and does everything possible to make it known!

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