Bower Lime Kiln Ruins

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2978 Bower Boundary Rd, Bower SA 5374, South Australia

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Ruins of three Bower lime burning kilns. These three brick-lined lime kilns were established in the 1920s and provided lime to a wide area during the 1920s and 1930s. This group of lime kilns was established by the Wilksch family when the Wilksch blacksmithing business was diminishing due to the introduction of tractors and motor vehicles. During the 1920s and 30s the business flourished and employed up to 5 people including Len Wilksch, the son of the founder. Sometimes lime was stored in the old stone blacksmith shed nearby , but normally it was sent away fresh by rail from Bower to as far as Broken Hill. The kiln was the only major kiln in the area, another large kiln being at Sedan. Limestone was quarried off the property to the east of the kilns and this quarry, along with the partly ruined remains of three brick lined kilns are of great archaeological interest. The relics are the only surviving in the Region and one of the few surviving in the State. No camping or overnight parking.

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Lat: -34.125067 Lng: 139.357402

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RockyStarr

Remains of three lime kilns dating from 1920's.

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