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Kroonstad

Kroonstad

Municipality

Municipality: Moqhaka Municipality
District Municipality: Northern Free State District Municipality

Info Moqhaka Tourism Bureau

Old Town Hall
Cross Street
Kroonstad

Phone number: - 086-030-4050
Fax number: 056-213-2148
Website


Kroonstad is named after a horse called Kroon (which means Crown), owned by Adriaan de la Rey. The horse had a mishap in a stream which was named Kroonspruit (Crown Creek).

Attractions

Also see the neighbouring towns

Kroonstad (population 130'000), on the banks of the Vals River, lies about halfway on the N1 route between Johannesburg (200Km) and Bloemfontein (205Km).

Wawiel Bridge Tourism Office

San rock art and fossils

San rock art can be seen on the farm Boschpoort. There are also fossilised mammals in the riverbed on the farm.

Sarel Cilliers Museum

The Sarel Cilliers Museum is home to an exhibition of Kroonstad's history and forms the backdrop to a memorial of Voortrekker Sarel Cilliers. His restored farmstead can be visited.

Sarel Cilliers Monument

Concentration Camp

The Bloemspruit Monument at the site of the Kroonstad Concentration Camp of the Anglo-Boer War (1899-1902).

Concentration Camp Cemetry

Garden of Remembrance

The Garden of Remembrance on the corner of Turner, Beyers and Marais Streets, North Road, commemorate Allied soldiers who died during the First and Second World Wars.

Scots

Afrikaans Language Monument

afrikaans

Architecture

Stone Corbelled Huts

Stone Corbelled Huts can be seen on the farm Sedan in the Lindley District. These prehistoric beehive (corbelled) huts date from the 1600's when the first African clans migrated to the area and settled on the hills and the banks of the Vals, Sand, Rhenoster and Wilge Rivers. These are of the best preserved examples of that early building style.

Legoya Huts

Standard Bank Building

The Standard Bank Building was built in 1862 and operated since then as a Registerd Bank.

Old Blockhouse

The Old Blockhouse was built for the protection of the old train bridge during the Anglo-Boer War (1899-1902). It is about 5Km southwest from Kroonstad near the Barend Strydom dam.

Station Building

The first train steamed into Kroonstad on 20 February 1892. During 1955 the station received 70 trains every 24 hours, one train every 20 minutes.

Tswelopele Library

The Tswelopele Library in Maokeng, Kroonstad, commemorates 30 youth who died during the riots on 11 February 1985.

Notre Dame school

History

Kroonstad was established in 1855.

A horse of Sarel Cilliers, with the name Kroon, meaning Crown, drowned in a stream on the site of the present town.

For about two months, from March to May 1900, Kroonstad was the capital of the Republic of the Orange Free State. This was during the Anglo-Boer War.

Climate

Weather Today's Weather Report for Kroonstad


Photos and some information, courtesy of Moqhaka Tourism from Tharia Unwin.

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