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The trekkers named the Blyde (meaning joy) and the Treur (meaning sorrow) following an incident when their sorrow turned to joy.
The Long Tom Pass was named after the cannon, which the Boers used to try and dislodge the British from Lydenburg in the battle between the Boers and the British in the Anglo-Boer War (1899 -1902) in the Lydenburg area.
In 1957 a young boy, Ludwig von Bazing, aged about nine or ten, was playing in the veld (fields) on his father's farm near Lydenburg.
He saw pieces of the now famous Lydenburg heads lying there.
In 1900 at the Battle of Bergendal, General Botha withdrew towards Lydenburg with two Long Tom guns.
He moved east with guns in the direction known as the Long Tom Pass.
Buller, however, wanted to block the road from Nelspruit to Pilgrim's Rest, so they followed Botha.The Potholes were named after a gold digger, Tom Bourke, who staked a claim nearby.