Downriver from the Laboratory Cotton Mill in Lincoln County, NC, was the mill and hillside village known as Southside. The train ran between the mill and the village, and a local creek supplied water for the steam locomotives back in the day. My father grew up across the river and over the bluffs on Laboratory Mill hill, but he loved this river, and particularly the stretch below the Southside Dam. Today, at age 83, he was able to walk one more time down the rail bed to the dam, and then down the trail to the river. Danabug and I were honored to follow him to his favorite place.
On the Carolina Thread Trail...at least for a few minutes
The old powerhouse
Pop and Danabug
The South Fork of the Catawba River
Don't you just want to go lay down in the rapids?
The whole river runs through this gate now!
The Bug, looking for a rock to take back to the cairn
Another view of the rapids
Looking up at the powerhouse
Sycamore across the river
Now THAT'S a rock!
Where the water ran through the turbines
My father's favorite fishing spot: the island.
The old rock wall below the rail road
The road to Long Shoals
Pop, recollecting so much today
Above the dam
Waterfall on a creek...people could drive their cars into a shallow pool above the fall and wash them!
Back in the day, this water filled a large tank from which the steam locomotives could be filled.
Where the old bridge crossed over the railroad from the mill to the village. The old store building still stands, just out of sight.
Ferocious guard dog, lol!