Croydon .. Gulf Savannah

croydon
The Croydon Gulflander
croydon courthouse
Old Croydon Courthouse

Croydon is surrounded by Savannah grasslands and low rolling hills, rich with the historic remains of early gold mining. The old jail behind the Cop Shop is worth a visit. Sitting inside for a few minutes, one can contemplate what it must have been like waiting for the judge to hear your case

The old Courthouse and Mining Wardens Office still have their old furnishings and houses other artifacts collected by the Council and other interested people. It The original hospital ward around the corner from the Croydon Club Hotel now used as the SES building, was funded by a miner who made a pile in Croydon. In his will, he left his fortune to build the hospital, and to his wife, enough money to buy a rope to hang herself. They obviously didn't get on.

The Normanton to Croydon "Gulflander" arrives in Croydon each Wednesday afternoon and leaves on Thursday morning to head back to Normanton. If you wish to travel the one way on the train - they have wagons to carry your vehicle or car and caravan to Normanton.

The Croydon Historic Village is what remains of a much larger gold mining city of the late 1800's, and the outdoor Museum on Samwell Street, is a display of early mining machinery from the Age of Steam.

Back then, it had its own aerated water factory, gas lamps lighting the streets, a foundry, coach builders and town criers with names like 'Ole King Cole' and 'Bobo'. It comes from the surrounding satellite towns like Esmeralda and it's intended to restore these relics to working order

 

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