Caching the Canal

I went out with Ken220 caching for the first day of the year yesterday. Great Falls, SC has had a lot of caches spring up here in the last little while, I had some cache maintenance to do on one of mine near there, and the Jamrasc clan hid six new caches in Landsford Canal State Park.

I like to be as accurate as possible when doing my history posts, so here you go. The following was copied from an article on the internet.

The Landford Canal was the farthest upstream of a series of canals built on the Catawba and Wateree Rivers to provide a direct water route between the upstate settlements and the towns on the fall line. It is located along the Catawba River in Chester County, South Carolina east of Chester. It is named for an early settler, Thomas Land, who owned the land with a ford across the Catawba River. It is the centerpiece of the Landsford Canal State Park.


In 1820, construction of the canal, which was designed by Robert Mills, began using slave labor and skilled laborers from the northern United States under the supervision of Robert Leckie. It was 2 mi (3.2 km) long. It was 12 ft ( 3.7 m) wide and ten ft (3 m) deep. It had five locks for the 32 ft (9.8 m) descent of the river.

The canal was not a financial success. In 1824, one of the locks collapsed due to a poor foundation. Canal traffic, which was never high, had apparently ceased by 1840. The granite locks and the lock keeper’s house survive.

The Landsford Canal is on the National Register of Historic Places, No. 69000163. The South Carolina Department of Archives and History has additional pictures and information, and copies of the nomination forms.

There are additional pictures, architectural drawings, and information about the lock keeper’s house available from the Historic American Building SurveyLibrary of Congress. Their documentation indicates the lock keeper’s house at Landsford Canal was moved from Rocky Mount Canal near Great Falls downstream.


There is your history lesson for today. Now onto the caching.

(If you don’t know what geocaching is go to this link

First off, how about a  little then and now?

I didn’t know I would be doing the then and now shots when I was taking my pics but this worked out well.

Ken had mentioned that it would be a lot better if they could clear the trees and brush out. I guess we weren't the first to have that idea.

I don’t have this shot, there is actually a creek still running through on this side of the bridge and it was just to cold for wet feet.

Another I don’t have and that I am not likely to get as I don’t think Ranger Al would want me tramping around in the bottom of this area.

Alright cachers and hikers, I’ve been out to this place at least 10 times since I started caching and I have never seen this particular structure. Anyone? It says that it was moved to the LCSP site. Let me know where it is.


A little guy that posed for me on the trail and some of the very little wildlife we saw during the day.
First one to tell me what's wrong with this picture get a lifetime subscription to Searching The South!


Before we went to LCSP we were caching in Great Falls, SC. The best cache of the day was near the falls in the picture below.

This pic doesn’t show the bottom. I guess you are looking at a forty to fifty foot waterfall. It was a surprise for us and I won’t say which cache it was so it will be a surprise for you as well.

And this was the end of what we thought was going to be a pretty quick cache run. The more we talked during the day, the more I realized that we just have fun going out and caching together. Ken and I both have a healthy respect for history. We have both grown up to be just like grandpa, stopping to ask questions and check things out. Not a bad way to be.


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