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Originally appearing in Volume V12, Page 813 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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HAGEN, a town of Germany, in the Prussian province of Westphalia. Pop. (1905), 77, 498. It lies amid well-wooded hills at the confluence of the Ennepe with the Volme, 15 M. N.E. of Elberfeld, on the main line to Brunswick and Berlin, and at the junction of important lines of railway, connecting it with the principal towns of the Westphalian iron district. It has five Evangelical churches, a Roman Catholic church, an Old Catholic church, a synagogue, a gymnasium, realgymnasium, and a technical school with special classes for machine-building. There are also a museum, a theatre, and a prettily arranged municipal park. Hagen is one of the most flourishing commercial towns in Westphalia, and possesses extensive iron and steel works, large cotton print works, woollen and cotton factories, manufactures of leather, paper, tobacco, and iron and steel wares, breweries and distilleries. There are large limestone quarries in the vicinity and also an alabaster quarry.
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