Almost a Ghost Town

Pretty and I drove up the road yesterday to the Upstate of South Carolina which marks the beginning of the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and has the same rolling hills and feel of Grimes County, Texas to me.  We went to visit her family and to eat lunch at an old fish camp restaurant on Lake Bowen.  We drove the Dodge Dakota and took Spike with us on this day trip adventure.  He was not amused with Pretty’s high-speed driving and her backing up every few minutes for my picture-taking.  On the way home to Columbia we drove down SC Hwy 215 which is a favorite of ours but one we’d never started on from this far north near Spartanburg.  We drove through the little town of Buffalo which is in Union County and five miles from the Union city limits.  We were both moved by the sight of the cotton mill town that was almost a ghost town these days.

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Unsuspecting Spike early yesterday morning in the back yard

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First stop for lunch with Pretty’s family at Lake Bowen fish camp

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Next stop: Pretty hits antique stores in Landrum, SC

(They don’t have Pretty’s picture yet, but coming soon)

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Main Street in Landrum – Amish furniture makers

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All small towns are on railroad tracks – southern ones have crape myrtle trees

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No reason to stop in Campobello – only antique store closed

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Pretty at her old after-school hangout in Inman, SC

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Cotton mill ruins in Buffalo, South Carolina

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Rubbles of a historic past

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Once a symbol of prosperity for its mill workers

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The mill was the heart of Buffalo

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Efforts to restore downtown

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Lost in thought and back in time

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Broken dreams

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Mill village houses still occupied today