The town is said to take its name from the Aboriginal words for sheltered water. It was settled in the 1870s, having begun as a watering place for cattle being driven to South Australia overland from New South Wales.
The disused and dilapidated Railway Station is a reminder of times past when trains were the main means of passenger transport in much of South Australia. Even in my youth (the 1960s) I travelled to the country to visit friends by train. Alas that is all gone, a victim of population decline, the private car and the modern coach.
These old country railway stations have been allowed to fall into a sad state of ruin. See the photo of Saddleworth station. Occasionally, as at Riverton, they have been saved by passing into private ownership.
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