Gold Town

Trip Start Jan 30, 2009
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Trip End Aug 01, 2009


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Flag of South Africa  , Mpumalanga,
Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Our next stop the small town of Pilgrim’s Rest:

After it was officially declared a gold field in September 1873, the town suddenly grew to 1,500 inhabitants searching for gold. Towards the end of the 19th century claims were bought up and underground mining started by the company known as TGME. Mining was closed down in 1971 and the village sold to the government as a national museum.  The town’s original architecture remains largely unchanged since then, due to the fact that the town was declared a National Monument in 1986.

The pictures show the Royal Hotel with it's fine example of wooden Victorian architecture. The rooms as you can see are furnished in the period style and include brass four-poster beds.
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