Senekal residents campaigned for the foundation of a town, because Winburg was too far removed from them. Since 1873 various petitions regarding this matter was addressed to the Orange Free State House of Assembly. On 5 June 1877 Senekal was finally acknowledged as a town. The town is named after Commandant Frederik Petrus Senekal who died in 1865 in the skirmishes with the Basotho people. Senekal was founded on the farm De Put of F Malan.
Senekal inwoners het hul beywer vir die stigting van 'n eie dorp, want hulle was ver verwyderd van Winburg. Sedert 1873 is verskeie versoekskrifte in hierdie verband aan die OVS Volksraad gerig. Op 5 Junie 1877 is Senekal uiteindelik as dorp erken. Die dorp is vernoem na Kommandant Frederik Petrus Senekal, wat in die skermutselings met die Basotho mense in 1865 dood is. Senekal is op die plaas van F Malan, De Put gestig.
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