- Marble Hall
The limestone and marble mine of Marble Hall was once a peculiar depression known as Marmerhol, or Marble hole. Animals trying to reach the water at the bottom of the depression were often trapped here and many died. Marble was clearly exposed in the depression.
In 1913 Christoffel Visagie went down with fever while he and his wife were hunting in the area. His wife set out with him in their wagon on their journey home to Pretoria. On the way she stopped to examine some prominent white rocks. One of her children had recently died, and she loaded enough of the rock onto the wagon to make two gravestones, one for her child and the second for her husband, who she didn't expect to live.
In Pretoria, Mrs Visagie took the stone to a tomb maker, Tom Taylor. He identified the rock as first class marble.
Visagie recovered from his fever, and he and his wife took Taylor to see the white rocks, and the depression at Marmerhal. Visagie and Taylor mined marble from the depression but transport difficulties made the venture unecomonic and they abanded the place.
In 1929 the Marble Lime Company was formed to work Marmehol. A railway was built to the mine in 1936.
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