It was founded in 1846 as a British outpost.
Today, it is known for its architecture, flowers, and history involving the Second Boer War.
People Born in Bloemfontein
Bloemfontein in People's Lives
Rudyard Kipling: I traveled here in 1900 as a newspaper correspondant on the outbreak of the Second Boer War, my first journalistic work in over ten years. I stayed in this city for two weeks, and became good friends with Frederick Roberts, 1st Earl Roberts - who had recently taken over thsi city, Perceval Landon, and Howell Arthur Glynne. I wrote the poem Lichtenberg about the death of soldiers in a foreign land, and the poem was met with acclaim, resonating with many both in England and South Africa. I eagerly dived into the adventure of it all; while back at home, my wife Carrie fretted.