oa Civil Engineering = Siviele Ingenieurswese - Michell's Pass in use for 150 years
On 5 December 1998 the Ceres Municipality Council, Tourist Bureau, Togryersmuseum and many others celebrated the 150th anniversary of the opening of the first Michell's Pass. A procession of horse riders and veteran cars was headed by Western Cape Minister Peter Marais and his charming wife, riding in a Cape cart behind two fine black horses. The cavalcade paused on the pass for the obligatory speeches before the Minister cut a ribbon stretched under an ornamental arch across one of the few remaining sections of the original Andrew Bain construction. The next stop was the Togryersmuseum in Ceres for iced Ceres fruit juices and canapes. Here there was an opportunity to introduce to the crowd the Institution's Reminiscences about Cape Mountain Passes book, which contains two articles on Michell's Pass. A copy was presented to Minister Marais, and copies were sold to those interested.
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