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Niagara Dam – Goldfields – Western Australia – GQDT 003 by Andrew Priest, on Flickr
The Niagara Dam sans water in July 2019. The dam was built in 1897 to provide water for the then booming mining town of Kookynie (1,500 people) and the mining area at Niagara.
To get the cement to build the dam, 400 camels where used to cart if from Coolgardie, some 250 kilometres away.
As it turns out, the Niagara Dam, which is 228 metres long, 18 metres high and seven metres thick and a holding capacity of 141,000 cubic metres was never used as intended. Before its completion a good quality underground water supply was found in Kookynie itself.
We visited as part of our July 2019 father/son drive of the 1,000 km Golden Quest Discovery Trail in the goldfields of Western Australia.