Discover Marshalltown: The heart and soul of Johannesburg's history and culture
If you're looking for a way to explore the historic and vibrant suburb of Marshalltown, Johannesburg, South Africa, why not try a self-guided walking tour? You can discover the history, architecture and stories of this area at your own pace and convenience. All you need is a smartphone, a map and a sense of adventure.
Marshalltown is one of Johannesburg's oldest suburbs, dating back to the late 19th century. It was established in 1886 following the discovery of gold at Langlaagte Farm. Johannesburg was originally part of the Transvaal, an independent Afrikaner or Boer republic that later became one of the four provinces of South Africa. The city grew rapidly as a result of the gold rush, becoming a municipality in 1898 and the largest city in South Africa by 1928.
Marshalltown was the financial and business centre of the city and still boasts many impressive buildings and landmarks that reflect its rich heritage. You can see the Carlton Centre, Africa's tallest skyscraper, Johannesburg City Hall, an elegant Edwardian building, and Gandhi Square, a tribute to the Indian leader who lived in Johannesburg for 21 years. You can also visit Newtown, a cultural precinct with many arts and entertainment venues.
Along the way, you'll learn about the stories and personalities that have shaped Marshalltown and Johannesburg. You'll hear about the origins of South Africa's breweries, the struggles and achievements of Mahatma Gandhi, the development and decline of the inner city, and the revival and transformation of Marshalltown in recent years.
This self-guided walking tour is a great way to experience Marshalltown at your own pace. You can start and stop whenever you like, take detours and breaks, and enjoy the sights and sounds of this fascinating suburb. Just follow the map, listen to the audio guide and have fun! 👍
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