Butchers Gully and Dam
Before Butchers dam was Butchers gully. A rich prospecting creek. At the height of it's gold mining activity in the mid 1860's, a store and butchers shop was set up. A few years later the Butchers Gully Hotel was built. In the great depression of the 1930's, a project to cut an outlet tunnel through 728 meters of solid rock to supply the town of Alexandra with water was built. At the same time they built Butchers Dam and flooded the entire gully, which now the hotel is submerged under. There are some ruins of an old store room and the stone wall of Lye Bow gardens still above the water level that you can see. This is a great place for a short walk with the kids.