Ombergspensionatet (Borghamns Turisthotell), 1900

Greetings from Borghamn. The postcard shows the "Ombergspensionat", i.e. Borghamns Touristhotel and was taken around 1900.

The disciplinar work corps of the Crown (kronoarbetskåren) with soldiers and prisoners had left Borghamn in 1894, and the former officers' mess was started to be used as an inn around 1900. The "Touristhotel" quickly developed and became part of the development of tourism on the Omberg after the construction of the railway between Vadstena and Ödeshög in 1888: Omberg's Turisthotell in Alvastra opened its doors in 1892, then Borghamns Turisthotell, Gyllenhammars Pensionat in 1914 and finally Stocklyckes Vandrarhem.

The photo of the "Turisten" was taken before the large verandas were built, which we know from other pictures.

Lilla Fridhem (built 1875) can be seen at the left edge. The house belongs to the development on the old village road (Svängavägen) from Västerlösa Gård to Omberg (Borg). Only Hagalund (also called Kransen) and the barn near Svängen are left of this development. And an older building on Brottsledet. The remaining properties were redeemed by the quarry as it expanded south towards Skedet.

The picture was probably taken from a place at the old harbour entrance. In the foreground you can see the quarry's light railway, which came from the inner harbour and the two nearest piers and branched into the quarry at a switch on two tracks.

The postcard has a connection to the railway. It is archived in the digital collection of Sweden's Railway Museum (Sveriges Järnvägsmuseets samlingsportal) (Jvm.KCAC12383).

Discover the history of the port and quarry and visit the guided tours "Sten födde Borghamn" ("Stone bore Borghamn", "Kulturguidningar i Dals" guided tours in the Borghamn of the Göta Kanalbolaget and the Crown Labour Corps. Guided tours every two weeks from July to September.


View over Borghamn on Lake Vättern, 1909

A greeting from Borghamn. The postcard shows "Borghamn" and was taken about 1909.

A view of the harbour with its buildings with the headland Hovanäset in the background. One sailboat is at the small pier, another has moored at the "bondbryggan" ("Farmers Bridge").

The map is archived in Swedish Railway Museum. The connection to the railway is - as in the last greeting and hardly visible - the industrial narrow gauge railway of the quarry, which led past the small house in the middle of the picture on the right.

The picture shows the old and new access road to the harbour as well as the bakery. The bakery still exists today. However, the house is in an unrepairable condition.

The postcard is related to the railway. It is archived in the digital collection of Sweden's Railway Museum (Sveriges Järnvägsmuseets samlingsportal) (Jvm.KCAC12384).

Discover the history of the port and quarry and visit the guided tours "Sten födde Borghamn" ("Stone bore Borghamn", "Kulturguidningar i Dals" guided tours in the Borghamn of the Göta Kanalbolaget and the Crown Labour Corps. Guided tours every two weeks from July to September.