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  Matjesfontein Valley
by MikeAtSea

Today a testament to Victorian splendour, this railway stop became a small town thanks to one man ? James Logan. An official with the Cape Government Railways, he suffered from a chest complaint. A transfer to the Karoo proved so beneficial that he decided to stay, farm and acquire land there, amongst which was the area around the Matjiesfontein station. He realised locomotives travelling inland were thirsty for water ? and so were their passengers. He pumped water from his farm bore holes to the station and while the locomotives tanked up, he served the passengers food and drink in his restaurant. The restaurant gave way to the majestic Lord Milner hotel he built in the elegant Victorian style. It is as fashionable today as it was way back then.

Directions: Situated in the Western Cape Province

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  • Written Sep 29, 2005
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