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Established to service the Victorian gold fields, Cobb & Co quickly became the most successful company of its kind in the 19th Century, pioneering transport routes, delivering mail, gold and passengers throughout the country and contributing greatly to social growth and the expansion of pastoral settlement across Australia. Cobb & Co was set up in Melbourne, Victoria in 1853 by a small group of immigrant Americans - Freeman Cobb, John Murray Peck, John B Lamber and James Swanton – and originally was called the American Telegraph Line of Coaches. The company’s first passenger coach left Melbourne for Forest Creek (now Castlemaine) and Bendigo on 30 January 1854; the list of routes was expanded shortly thereafter to link the newer gold fields and settlements with the Victorian capital. Soon, mail contracts were awarded to the business and the Cobb & Co operated a gold escort, passenger and mail service based on reliable and efficient schedules. Near this cache you will find a disused and very dilapidated bridge, that we are told is called the "Cobb & Co Bridge." Can you imagine horse drawn coaches thundering across the bridge carrying strong boxes of gold? The bridge is on the old Adelaide road that is still a public road about 3km west of here. Back towards the road on the other side of the creek is the remains of the old changing stables for the coach horses. The bridge was connected till the 1970's when a fire burnt it off. The homestead opposite is 'Old Rosebrook Station' circa 1843 and the run was 100 square miles covering all the land up to Mount Zero. Thanks to our friends Robyn & Richard for showing us this landmark of a bygone era, and to redink for providing additional information. When logging your find on line, your feedback will be extremely useful - so please add something about your Geocaching experience in your log, even just the condition of the container would help. Logs that are blank, or only contain the words "sent from my mobile device" will be deleted.
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