Before the Great Falls of the Catawba River were harnessed, the river provided for a variety of small businesses such as grist mills, fisheries, stores to serve ferry traffic, water-powered cotton gins, looms, etc. Bowden’s Island and Allen’s Island were south of Mountain Island, the Great Falls, and Fort Dearborn, a United States armory. The Kingsbury Road, now known as Highway 200, was south of the river at the point shown on this plat. Today, all of the area shown on the plat is under the waters of Fishing Creek Pond with Springs Park to the east. In the early 1800s, it was traditional for all of the fishery owners to hold a great fish cookout on the first Saturday of May. That marked the end of the great shad run up the Catawba. Courtesy of the Lancaster Pictorial History – Pettus
In 1831 Jonas Backstrom was hired to become the toll keeper at Rocky Mount….SCDAH
The Yorkville Enquirer reported on May 11, 1892 – “The Catawba Falls Picnic was held last Saturday. A large crowd was on hand from York, Lancaster, Chester and Fairfield Counties. Catawba Falls is certainly the grandest water power to be found in the state, and it is sad that it should be running to waste. For so many years while the North is manufacturing our cotton at such large profits.”
The Rock Hill Record on Feb. 11, 1907 – “The power house at Great Falls, for Southern Power Co., has been completed and the building has been turned over to the company by the contractor, Mr. W. A. Foil, of Charlotte.”
The RH Record of Aug 26,
1907 – “A large hotel for the employees has just been completed at Ninety Nine Islands. It is a duplicate of the hotel built at Great Falls Station for the Southern Power Company.”
The RH Record reported on Sept. 19, 1907 – “Southern Power Co has 600 men employed on hydroelectric development at Rocky Creek near Great Falls. The site is one mile below Great Falls and is being developed for 40,000 HP.”
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