Had it not been for its picturesque setting, Pilgrim’s Rest would probably be a ghost town. It is, however, a popular tourist destination, existing today for little other purpose than to entertain and inform visitors about its colourful heyday. It all began in 1873 when a Scots miner, Alex ‘Wheelbarrow’ Patterson, shouted ‘Eureka’, having discovered gold at Pilgrim’s Creek. Before long fortune seekers had clogged the little valley, and the town of Pilgrim’s Rest was born. Mining continued for decades, but started to dry up in the 1940s and the final mine closed in 1972. The town has now been declared a national monument and many of its corrugated iron buildings have been restored. These now exist as living museums, and some as souvenir shops. There is an Information Centre on the Main Road where visitors can learn the history of the town before exploring it. Pilgrim’s Rest is part of the scenic ‘Panorama Route’ north of Nelspruit.
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