A Brief History of Dullstroom

Dullstroom-Emnotweni (meaning Dullstroom the place of prosperity) started life way back in the 1880's. Dutch Settlers were encouraged to come to South Africa by the then president Paul Kruger. In 1883 a company headed by Wolterus Dull was formed to strengthen the links between the two countries. Two farms were brought to form a settlement they were called the Groot Suikerboschkop & Elandslaagte.

The first Dutch settlers came in around 1884, then in 1890 Wolterus Dull paid a visit to one of the farms, he found the settlers had established a small village. The village was then proclaimed a town in 1892 by Paul Kruger.

It was originally called Dull's-stroom, but later Changed to Dullstroom, the Dull came from Wolterus Dull and the Stroom meaning stream which came from the Crocodile River (stream), that flows nearby.
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In 1893 Dullstroom housed just 48 people there was eight houses, three stables, 10 cattle kraals and the a trading store.

The Town was nearly destroyed in the 1900's when the British occupied the town in the Angelo Boer war. It was a very sad time in the town's history many were killed in the fighting and many women and children were sent to the British concentration camps. You can now find a rememberance garden in the town in commemorate this time.

The town became well known for its fishing, the industry came about back in the early 1900's when a trout like fish called a Fingerling was caught in one of the rivers. Hatchlings were then released into some local streams. In 1927 the first full stocking of the old municipality dam took place. When the new municipality dam was built in 1965 and stocked with 17,000 fingerlings. This gave rise to the wonderful fishing now available in the dullstroom area. Tourism, breeding of trout for the table and stock and angling have now become important industries in the dullstroom district.

Dullstroom is on the panorama route, it sits halfway from Johannesburg to the Kruger National park. It has the highest train station at 2,077 m above sea level and is the perfect stopping point if you are travelling to the Kruger National Park.

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