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Notes on the Geography of South Africa: Cape Peninsula: Photo 1

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A railroad spur line comes about halfway down the east side of the peninsula. It opened in 1882 and brought vacationers to the beaches at Muizenberg, a holiday destination drawing vacationers not only from Cape Town but from the Rand and Kimberley. The Cape Town Guide of 1897 states that "in climate Muizenberg approaches the nearest of any South African seaside resort to the Riviera of the Mediterranean, and in the near future promises to almost rival it by the influx of a wealthy population, not only from the great money-making centres of our own continent, but from Europe" (p. 43). Now you know why the station, opened in 1913, got special attention and one why student has called it "the jolliest railway station in the Cape, although it looks more like a town hall."

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