Pontgibaud

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Pontgibaud
Panorama de Pontgibaud
Panorama de Pontgibaud
Coat of arms of Pontgibaud
Coat of arms
Location of Pontgibaud
Pontgibaud is located in France
Pontgibaud
Pontgibaud
Pontgibaud is located in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Pontgibaud
Pontgibaud
Coordinates: 45°49′59″N 2°51′04″E / 45.833°N 2.851°E / 45.833; 2.851Coordinates: 45°49′59″N 2°51′04″E / 45.833°N 2.851°E / 45.833; 2.851
CountryFrance
RegionAuvergne-Rhône-Alpes
DepartmentPuy-de-Dôme
ArrondissementRiom
CantonSaint-Ours
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Gaston Matarin
Area
1
4.59 km2 (1.77 sq mi)
Population
 (2016-01-01)[1]
774
 • Density170/km2 (440/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
63285 /63230
Elevation639–779 m (2,096–2,556 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Pontgibaud is a commune in the Puy-de-Dôme départment in Auvergne in central France.

It is located in the Massif Central region of France on the banks of the Sioule River. The area around the town was historically known for silver and lead mining. The Société des mines et fonderies de Pontgibaud exploited the lead-silver mines between 1852 and 1897.

The remnants of Château-Dauphin, a 12th-century castle, are located in Pontgibaud.

John Ruskin spent October 7th 1840 exploring Pontgibaud. He reckoned it "Altogether the happiest day, as far as employment or scenery can go, I have had for these long five years".[2]

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  1. ^ "Populations légales 2016". INSEE. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  2. ^ The Dairies of John Ruskin. Selected and edited by Joan Evans and John Howard Whitehouse. Vol 1. (1835 to 1847). Oxford at The Clarendon Press. 1956.