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Lithgow from the old Steelworks
Lithgow (elev 950m, pop 13,000) is a small town on the western slopes of Blue Mountains and was named after the first Auditor-General of the fledgling state of NSW. Being blessed with coal resources, Lithgow was the site of one of Australia's first steelworks (1906-1920), where there were two blast furnaces, now only heritage-listed (1999) ruins survive which can be seen in the nadir of this panorama as a well-developed tourist attraction. Lithgow is a popular place to visit partly because of its closeness to historical relics such as the Zig Zag Railway, old shale mining town Newnes, and truly magnificent scenery in the Blue Mountains, not to mention Jenolan Caves. [0267]
Copyright: Mike Salon
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 8192x4096
Taken: 18/10/2020
Uploaded: 29/11/2020


Tags: town; blast furnace; steelworks; ruins; historical; coal mining; railway; mountains; foothills; aerial; wetlands
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