April 15, 2013

Monday Geology Picture(s): Gold Reef City– Some Historical Views

Posted by Evelyn Mervine

Old mining picture in the Gold Reef City museum. Looks like hard work!

This week I’m sharing the last pictures from my September 2012 visit to Gold Reef City, Gold Reef City, a gold mining themed amusement park in Johannesburg, South Africa. The amusement park is built on the site of an old gold mine, and these pictures provide some insight into what life was like on the mine in days gone by. There is a museum with some pictures and information on what life was like for the miners– it wasn’t always great, by any means. There are also some historical buildings that were used by the mine supervisors and their families. These buildings are filled with historical artifacts. The museum and historical houses weren’t particularly crowded– I guess the rides are much more attractive than the history, which is a shame.

Another picture in the museum.

A recreation of some of the mineworkers' quarters. Doesn't look very comfortable!

My husband Jackie in front of one of the old houses that belonged to the mine managers / bosses.

A sign in front of one of the historical houses.

Another sign in front of another historical house.

Inside one of the houses.

Another view of the room. This bed looks much more comfortable than where the mineworkers slept!

A dining room table. I really like Willow Ware plates such as the ones on the table.

An old classroom.

I hope you’ve enjoyed all the pictures from Gold Reef City. If you ever find yourself in Johannesburg, I definitely recommend a visit to the park.

Here’s the full list of previous posts about Gold Reef City:
The Entrance
Underground Mine Tour

Gold Pouring Demonstration
Panning for Gold
Some Rides

Stay tuned fore more geology pictures next week!