Now, thanks to Kathleen Ryder's blog post, "Welcome to the Alice", I know a little bit more. Go check it out if you've got 5 minutes to spare. It's a quick and interesting read, and she shares a gorgeous photo of the town.
If you've got a bit more time up your sleeve, here's a brief history by the Alice Springs Town Council. Some highlights:
- The original name for Alice Springs is Mparntwe (Aboriginal Arrernte language).
- The discovery of alluvial gold (gold deposited by water) in 1887 led to a rapid rise in the town's population.
- Afghan camels were used to transport water and other essential supplies in the region from the late 1800 to the early 1900.
- Today's Australian feral (wild) camels are descended from these imported dromedaries.