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As the pastoral industry developed in Carnarvon in the late 1800s the local population pressured the government of the day to develop a port for the town. By 1897 the jetty had been built and wool and livestock produced in the region began to be exported to Fremantle and essential goods for the town imported using state shipping.
In 1904 the head of the jetty was added and in 1912 the jetty head was widened because of increasing traffic including passengers. Carnarvon was the first port in the world which loaded live stock on board ships for transport to markets. The One Mile Jetty once boasted an animal race the length of the jetty along which the sheep were drivenfrom holding yards not far from where the jetty kiosk is located today
The jetty transport system and diesel locos on the tramway ceased in 1966 when state ships stopped calling. Surprisingly the jetty is still in good condition, though the 'sea sections' and 'head' are starting to deteriorate. Since 1998 the jetty has been under restoration and you can sometimes see the maintence train chugging along the line.
The One Mile Jetty is now a popular fishing spot for the locals who catch Mulloway, Tailor and Bream all year round. You can walk the full length of the jetty or you can take a ride on the "Coffee Pot" train all the way to the end. One of the best times to take a stroll along this icon is when the sun is about to set. If you get down low you can see the train lines slightly warped.
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