Bendigo

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Some 20km from Cromwell on the road to the Lindis Pass (SH 8), the Bendigo Loop Road takes you to the Bendigo goldfields, one of the few successful quartz mining areas in Otago. Mining in the early years, from 1862 to 1866, was spent working the creeks for alluvial gold. Later, quartz reefs were discovered in the hills above and hard rock mining became dominant in the later years. The main area around Logantown and Welshtown was mined for about 40 years on and off, but if the Come-in-Time and Rise-and-Shine mines are included, the whole area was mined for over half a century. Dozens of crumbling stone cottages and huts can be found amongst the scrub or in the open, but the miners also left deep mine shafts and tunnels, so it is wise to keep to the tracks and watch your step on your explorations.

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Created:12/03/2014
Categories:Heritage Theme and Gold