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Kingower Bridge

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Kingower-Brenanah Road, Kingower VIC 3517

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Features

  • Historic stone and timber bridge c 1864
  • Set along old mail and coach route
The beautiful stone and timber Kingower Bridge is set along an old mail and coach route, and lies surrounded by picturesque vineyards in the heart of a rich historic goldfield. 

Kingower Bridge is a rare example of a gold rush era stone and timber beam main road bridge, and is the only known unmodified example of this once-common design still in regular use. Constructed of hand-crafted stone abutments with stone wing-walls and squared timber beams, this style of bridge was once common in Victoria but are now very rare. Kingower Bridge has been maintained by the local council in close to original condition - it has been re-decked and had the cross beams replaced, but it has been done without modification to its original design. 

A short way further down the road into the bush you will come across a 19th century stone-lined well, which was used by Cobb & Co for their animals travelling along this route. 

Many massive gold nuggets were discovered on the goldfields at Kingower, with monuments located nearby commemorating the discoveries of the Blanche Barkly and Hand of Faith nuggets. 


 

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