Erzhausen

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Erzhausen
Coat of arms of Erzhausen
Coat of arms
Erzhausen   is located in Germany
Erzhausen
Erzhausen
Coordinates: 49°57′N 08°38′E / 49.950°N 8.633°E / 49.950; 8.633Coordinates: 49°57′N 08°38′E / 49.950°N 8.633°E / 49.950; 8.633
Country Germany
State Hesse
Admin. region Darmstadt
District Darmstadt-Dieburg
Government
 • Mayor Rainer Seibold (non-party)
Area
 • Total 7.4 km2 (2.9 sq mi)
Elevation 112 m (367 ft)
Population (2013-12-31)[1]
 • Total 7,699
 • Density 1,000/km2 (2,700/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 64390
Dialling codes 06150
Vehicle registration DA
Website www.erzhausen.de
Erzhausen train station building, now a public library (the railway station itself is still active).
Fields south of Erzhausen, showing a typical South-Hesse countryside during autumn.

Erzhausen is a village in southern Hesse, Germany. It is part of the district of Darmstadt-Dieburg. It has about 7.500 inhabitants. Wixhausen, a borough of the City of Darmstadt, is just South of Erzhausen.

History[edit]

Settlement in the area dates back to about 1500 B.C., as shown by several cairn burial sites found some kilometres west of the town.

The settlement itself is mentioned in documents from 900 A.D. onward under various names like 'Erardishusen', 'Erhartzhausen', 'Ebrichshusen' or 'Erndeshusen'. The oldest document of the Lorsch codex names it as 'Erhartshausen' ('Houses of Erhart').

After remaining a mostly unimportant farming village until the early 20th century, it grew strongly after the railway line from Frankfurt to Darmstadt was built several kilometers to the east of it. The habitation spread out towards it, and workers employed in the nearby cities (which could now be reached a lot easier) settled here.

Today, it is still mostly a residential village, with some commerce and office activities. There is a small seminary of the German Pentecostalism BFP movement situated in the town, Bible School Beröa also called Theologisches Seminar Beröa .[2] [3]

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