When coal was discovered at Dundee, a mere 8 km away, a more efficient way other than oxwagons was sought to transport the coal to the various factories.
The railway from Durban to Johannesburg reached this point on 4 September 1889 and a new village sprung up where the branch line was built in 1903.
When it became a town in 1934 the village was renamed Glencoe after a mountain valley in Scotland.
The main economic activity in the area is coal mining, while sheep and cattle ranching are also practiced.
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