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The town drew its income from the wood trade, timber rafting, the tannery trade, textile manufacturing, and other crafts.
Documents mention mayor, judge, council and citizens.
During World War II, Pforzheim was bombed by the Allies a number of times.
The largest raid, and one of the most devastating area bombardments of World War II, was carried out by the Royal Air Force (RAF) on the evening of 23 February 1945.
It marks the frontier between Baden and Württemberg, being located on Baden territory.
Due to this strategic location, Pforzheim later became a center for the timber-rafting trade, which transported timber from the Black Forest via the rivers Wuerm, Nagold, Enz and down the Neckar and Rhine to, among other markets, the Netherlands for use in shipbuilding.
There timbers were also used to construct the foundations for Amsterdam, which was built in a swamp.
) is a city of nearly 120,000 inhabitants in the federal state of Baden-Württemberg, in the southwest of Germany.
It is known for its jewelry and watch-making industry, and as such has gained the nickname "Goldstadt" ("Golden City").