Marble Bar was established in the 1880s following the discovery of gold there. The resulting gold rush did not last long, however, and the last major mine in the area, Comet Mine, closed in 1955. The town was named by a prospector who thought he had discovered a seam of marble. It was in fact jasper.
The village of Marble Bar had an intense wild-west feel to it... dusty and wide streets, wood-fronted shops and shuttered saloons. Located around 2,000km from Perth it certainly is a frontier town. My brother and I camped beside Marble Bar Pool to allow us to shoot the earliest light on this iron oxide-rich hill. The jasper that masqueraded as marble is in the foreground.