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Richland County Industrial Park, Clemson Road: never opened   4 comments

Posted at 11:14 pm in Uncategorized

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Like nearby Wildewood Centre Drive, I suspect Richland County Industrial Park is an idea from just before the crash -- one of those things that seemed like a sure thing at the time.

This parcel, bounded by Earth Road, Clemson Road, Spears Creek Church Road, Rotureau Lake and Brown Motor Works seems to have been a sand pit at one time. The access road, such as it is, connects Clemson Road with Spears Creek Church Road, and goes right by the pit (such as it is).

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Hold on, we're going in!

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Hey, infrastructure!

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Maybe there was some sort of building in here at one time..

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Out of the car, looks like four-wheel only washouts ahead..

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This is the pits!

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The closest thing to a paved section..

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Spears Creek Church Road..

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Remember that infrastructure? Never mind!

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UPDATE 29 September 2012 -- Construction has started on the 0.63 acre site at the front of the tract:

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Written by ted on April 15th, 2012

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  1. W. T. Rotureau was a family friend who owned this land. His parents owned it before he did. For many years he ran an electric repair shop -- Rotureau Electric -- downtown, back in the days when you had things repaired rather than throwing them out and buying a new one at WalMart. In the 60s and 70s he was also scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 301 at Covenant Presbyterian and helped run a troop at Carolina Children's Home. We scouts spent many a weekend camping here, usually right next to the lake. (Back then it was just 'the lake," not Rotureau Lake.) The Sand Pit was our favorite place to play. It was a really cool place in the dark. We'd wear white t shirts for camouflage and hide in plain sight to ambush each other in a game we called Commando. I never did know the rules. I think they changed every campout. Anyway, we did all the typical Boy Scout stuff out there -- ghost stories around the campfire with s'mores -- the whole bit. Many wonderful memories made there for me. Back then, of course, this way out of town. There was literally nothing on Spears Creek Church Road that I remember. I-20 was not finished the first few times I went! "Wild Bill" Rotureau would put us boys and our gear in the back of his blue Chevy Apache pickup with ROTUREAU ELECTRIC hand painted on the door and haul us out there. He'd get tossed out of BSA if he did that today. He was a terrifc guy.

    Dennis

    16 Apr 12 at 5:10 am

  2. Looks like another well thought out plan by Richland County Council to squander taxpayer dollars.

    tonkatoy

    16 Apr 12 at 6:33 am

  3. Do you know who owns the lake now and specifically the dam?

    Vicky

    16 Sep 14 at 9:17 pm

  4. I'm afraid I do not. (But it will be a public record).

    ted

    16 Sep 14 at 10:05 pm

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