Got lots to write about, but I’ve been too busy to blog lately. I’m hoping to take today to catch up on several posts. These may seem a bit out of sync as to when they actually occurred, but that’s tough. Anyway, here are a few teasers and spoilers of things to come…
Took a fantastic trip down to Lake Marion over the weekend with the Lowcountry Unfiltered guys. I’m still working on photos, but we had a great day paddling and geocaching. I’ll write more when I get the rest of the photos posted.
I’ve visited several interesting old places in the state over the past week or so. These include Chappells, Renno, Stomp Springs, Sandy Run, Belleville, Lone Star, and Fort Motte. I’ve already written about Chappells, but I hoping to give these others their due. As always, photos are posted to my Flickr account. So, if you’ve already visited the photos, you might have some idea of where I’m going or have been, or at least what I’m going to write about.
Which leads me to the spoilers…
Ghost Towns of South Carolina
With so much interest in the Ghost Towns of South Carolina, I’ve decided to give it some more time and attention. I have a set format for my restaurant reviews, and I thought it might be a good idea to do something similar with the ghost towns. The general layout will be something like this:
- Location – latitude and longitude plus a link or embed of a Google Map
- Access – is it on private land, or can you get to it?
- What was there – any information gleaned from the Internet and other sources about what it was like at the town’s peak.
- What happened – a brief history of the town, along with speculation about the town’s demise.
- What’s there now – description of any remaining structures and the surrounding community, if any.
- General comments – anything that doesn’t fit the above structure.
I’m putting several tools to help with the process. Of course, Google Earth/Maps will play a large part, but I’m also going to use the GNIS data and other information to put together the collection.
I would like for this to be more of a collaborative effort, and hope to solicit input from readers. I have actually purchased the domain name www.scghosttowns.com, but I’m not sure how I’m going to use it. I’ll keep writing here, so that site may be a reflection of those posts specific to ghost towns. If this thing gets off the ground like I think, I may put together a Facebook presence for it, too.
So, there are some interesting things on the horizon. Now all I need is lots of time, gas, bandwidth, and gigabytes.