Salzkotten

Salzkotten is a town in the district of Paderborn, in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. The name Salzkotten (English: Salt cottage) is based on the former salt production, which gave Salzkotten its raison d'être. Salt was found in the salty springs around the town.

Salzkotten
Street in Salzkotten
Street in Salzkotten
Flag of Salzkotten
Coat of arms of Salzkotten
Location of Salzkotten within Paderborn district
North Rhine-WestphaliaHesseHochsauerlandkreisSoest (district)Gütersloh (district)Höxter (district)Lippe (district)Bad LippspringePaderbornHövelhofLichtenauBad WünnenbergAltenbekenSalzkottenBürenBorchenDelbrückSalzkotten in PB.svg
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Salzkotten is located in Germany
Salzkotten
Salzkotten
Salzkotten is located in North Rhine-Westphalia
Salzkotten
Salzkotten
Coordinates: 51°40′15″N 08°36′17″E / 51.67083°N 8.60472°E / 51.67083; 8.60472Coordinates: 51°40′15″N 08°36′17″E / 51.67083°N 8.60472°E / 51.67083; 8.60472
CountryGermany
StateNorth Rhine-Westphalia
Admin. regionDetmold
DistrictPaderborn
Subdivisions10
Government
 • Mayor (2020–25) Ulrich Berger[1] (CDU)
Area
 • Total109.40 km2 (42.24 sq mi)
Elevation
97 m (318 ft)
Population
 (2020-12-31)[2]
 • Total25,013
 • Density230/km2 (590/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Postal codes
33143–33154
Dialling codes05258
02955 Niederntudorf
02948 Mantinghausen, Verlar and parts of Schwelle
Vehicle registrationPB
Websitewww.salzkotten.de

GeographyEdit

Salzkotten is situated at the border between the flat park landscape of the Münsterland in the north, the Soest Börde in the west and the dry rocky mountains with many forests in the south. It has many small fountains and rivers bringing water from the mountains to the Rhine. It is located approximately 12 km south-west of Paderborn.

Administrational divisionEdit

In 1975, the then town of Salzkotten (with nearly 6,000 inhabitants and 23.65 km²) was merged with nine municipalities to form the new town of Salzkotten (nearly 17,000 inhabitants and 109.40 km²):

ward  
Salzkotten
Mantinghausen
Niederntudorf
Oberntudorf
Scharmede
Schwelle
Thüle
Upsprunge
Verlar
Verne

Schwelle is commonly called United States of Holsen-Schwelle-Winkhausen because of its 3 tiny villages.

IndustryEdit

The economy of Salzkotten today focusses upon metal mining and refinery, machine manufacture, electronics, food production and services.

Resident Companies:

Reineke Brot

The bakery Reineke Brot founded in 1889 by Johann and Theresa Reineke and still in the ownership of the family. They bake various types of whole grain wheat, rye and mixed wheat/rye breads as well as some pastries. Their specialty in this area of expertise is bismarks - jelly filled doughnuts. The flour used in their products is locally grown and ground in their own mill which lies in Paderborn.

Gilbarco Veeder-Root

In 1865, Charles Gilbert and John Barker partnered to build the "Springfield Gas Machine" that converted crude petroleum distillates into a gas vapor used to light buildings. 1910, Gilbert & Barker designed and manufactured their first petroleum pump the T-1, used push-pull motion to draw gasoline from an underground tank for fueling automobiles. Pumps are produced at headquarters Salzkotten, Germany.

HistoryEdit

 
Graduation tower in Salzkotten

Salzkotten was founded in 1247, but documents exist which indicate that salt production was already occurring in 1160. Before the town's foundation, there were a number of farms and villages, which were broken down and rebuilt within the new town walls.

MayorsEdit

  • 1975–1984: Franz Cramer (CDU)
  • 1984–1989: Josef Ettler (CDU)
  • 1989–2004: Konrad Rump (CDU)
  • 2004–2014 Michael Dreier (CDU)
  • 2014–incumbent Ulrich Berger (CDU)

Population developmentEdit

Historical population
YearPop.±%
197517,073—    
198519,228+12.6%
199020,495+6.6%
YearPop.±%
200023,501+14.7%
200424,544+4.4%
200824,913+1.5%
YearPop.±%
201024,868−0.2%
201224,627−1.0%
201924,956+1.3%

PoliticsEdit

The politics of Salzkotten are dominated by the conservative CDU. Since World War II, the CDU is the biggest party in the town council (German: Stadtrat). Since the 2014 local election, there are 5 groups in the town council (38 seats):

The Mayor of Salzkotten is Ulrich Berger (CDU). He was elected in 2014 with 70.3 of the votes%.

CultureEdit

The town has three significant annual celebrations: the Sälzerfest (salt producers' festival), the Schützenfest (fair featuring shooting matches) and the Hederauenfest. The Schützenfest itself is an event that takes place in many towns and cities across the state.

Twin towns – sister citiesEdit

Salzkotten is twinned with:[3]

Notable peopleEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Wahlergebnisse in NRW Kommunalwahlen 2020, Land Nordrhein-Westfalen, accessed 29 June 2021.
  2. ^ "Bevölkerung der Gemeinden Nordrhein-Westfalens am 31. Dezember 2020" (in German). Landesbetrieb Information und Technik NRW. Retrieved 21 June 2021.
  3. ^ "Partnerstädte". salzkotten.de (in German). Salzkotten. Retrieved 2021-03-18.

External linksEdit