Many might not know it, but Kroonstad is the Free State's third biggest urban area third to Bloemfontein (the largest) and Welkom (the second largest). The town has become significant for the fact that it is conveniently located to both Bloemfontein and the economically significant Gauteng Province. It also serves as a railway junction for both railway lines to Cape Town and Johannesburg.
This Free State town was established in 1855 by none other than the Irish man by the name of Joseph Orpen. If one was to directly translate Kroon it means Crown in English. However, as history reads it was actually the name of a horse who drowned near the town. Orpen happened to witness this event and decided that the town would be named after this animal. Around the year 1900, the area also became the same location of a British concentration camp where, the British forces of the time held Boer, women and children captive.
Due to the fact that Kroonstad is one of the most developed cities in the whole of the Free State, infrastructure is generally well-kept and maintained. When getting around Kroonstad, one will rely on the bus or train services that connect the city. Alternatively, commuters can also use the minivan taxi service or make use of their own private transportation or metered taxis. Some of the roads that connect Kroonstad with the rest of the province and city include Du Toit Street, R76, Ben Mervis Street, Van Zyl Street, Werth Street, Penny Cresent, Campbell Street, Rautenbach Street, Castignani Street and Neubauer Street.
Article Courtesy Of www.century21.co.za/area-profiles/kroonstad/