Although it is a bit difficult to find a great deal to recommend to the casual traveller in this small town, it does provide a nice rest area and clean modern toilet facilities.
It is a good spot to stop and have a break on whatever long journey you might be on.
Lake King is a service centre for the surrounding agricultural land with wheat and sheep being the main produce.
Settlement in the area dates from 1928. Local residents requested that a town site be gazetted here in 1935 and after some initial resistance it was approved in 1936.
Like Lake Grace this town is named after a nearby lake which was also named by Marshall Fox, the District Surveyor. He named the lake after
Henry Sandford King, another WA Surveyor General.
There are some records indicating that Lake King may have been called Lake Damnosa at one time.
TALL TALES AND TRUE
A quiet drink
Originally there was no hotel in the town, just a store with a gallon license outside which men used to congregate and drink. This led to some complaints but the local policeman,
ever mindful of the fact that he had to live in the area, looked for a better way to solve the problem than just banning the drinkers from congregating outside the store.
He noticed that the local goods shed (one source says post office but it could well have been the same structure) rested on Commonwealth land. He, as a state police officer,
had no jurisdiction over it. It was casually mentioned to the drinkers that they would be better off congregating inside the old post office and this they did with the site becoming known as
'the hole in the wall' (due to the large space in the wall where you would expect a door to be) and was used for quite some years thereafter.
There is a tale that a request was made for low 'parcel racks' to be installed and these racks became useful seats for the local drinkers.
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Lake King Causeway, Community church, Roe Hill Lookout.
BUILDINGS OF NOTE
State : Wagin
Federal : O'Connor
Postcode : 6356
Local Government : Shire of Lake Grace
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