Attractions

Niagara Dam

Menzies

Niagara Dam provides an unusual but welcome sight for visitors.  Indeed, it is an oasis in the wildness that is today a very popular camping and recreational spot. The concrete dam wall, constructed in 1897-98, is 225 metres across and 18 metres high. But why on the earth was it built?

Back when it was being constructed, there was a nearby mining community called Niagara that was flourishing but in desperate need of a fresh water supply, and the locomotives that were soon to be steaming along a newly constructed railway heading north from Menzies to Leonora were going to require a lot of the precious liquid.

The Railways Department decided that a dam was the solution. Its construction required vast amounts of powered cement to be transported in barrels by camel train all the way from Coolgardie.

Once completed, Niagara Dam was instantly a white elephant. Vast supplies of artesian water had in the meantime been discovered at nearby Kookynie, while the town of Niagara was virtually deserted, the gold having run out.

Niagara, while it only briefly boomed as a gold centre, was unique in that the town’s main intersection had a hotel on all four corners – and each had a female publican!


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