When the railway from the south reached this area in 1891 Trompsburg was laid out on the farm Middelwater which belonged to Jan and Bastiaan Tromp.

Initially the town was known as Jagersfontein Road, before the branch railway was built from Springfontein to Koffiefontein via Jagersfontein. Later it was named Hamilton after Sir Hamilton J. Goold-Adams, governor of the Orange River Colony from 1902 to 1910.

Still later the name was changed to Trompsburg in honour of the owners of the farm. Municipal status was granted in 1902.

Today, Tromspburg is an ideal stop-over when travelling from Johannesburg to Cape Town or Port Elizabeth.


Arts & Crafts
Including woodwork, needlework, soap and paper sculptures.

Scale-model firearms
Meticulous scale models, made by Gert Steyn, of historical firearms can be seen on the farm Boesmansfontein.

Stone Wall
An 11km-long hand-built wall.


Situated just off the N1 south of Bloemfontein on the way to Colesberg.
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