In the early 1800s the Säveå River was still a strong rapid through Jonsered, a fact that drew the Scottish Gibson family and Alexander Keiller. The former saw the availability of water power near Gothenburg that would enable him to build up new operations important to Sweden. The unique factor was the holistic vision he had for building the entire Jonsered community, including schools, general and obstetric medical care, as well as a chapel, all as a base for the industries he wanted to establish. The first was textile manufacture, starting with canvas products and moving on to tarpulins, workshop tools and the famous chainsaws now made elsewhere.
When Jonsered was developed it was a model community whose story is told in a small museum near the factory gate. Keiller was also drawn by the fantastic salmon fishing on the large Säveålax. He studied their mating behaviour in a now-famous water cage. The salmon still mate in the Jonsered waterways though in lesser numbers; fish preservation efforts and fishways are being built along the whole river.
In addition to the cultural treasures – the handsome power station and the well preserved brick buildings, as well as the rebuilt and highly praised style garden below an elegant manor house – the Jonsered waterways are surrounded by a beautiful nature.
From route E20 take exit 82 towards Jonsered and continue through the community. Turn left on the bridge over the river into the factory area. Follow William Gibsons väg through the old factory There is a parking lot at the commuter station. 57°45’00.9″N 12°10’22.2″E
The commuter train stops in Jonsered and is an excellent alternative to driving.