“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Clemson in Pickens County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)

“Widowmaker’s” Drill

"Widowmaker's" Drill Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Brian Scott, October 26, 2008
1. "Widowmaker's" Drill Marker
This pneumatic (air-driven) drill was once used to help make mining ore more efficient. Compressed air was fed into the drill, which operated a piston that hammered the bit into the rock as it rotated in the chuck. Once the hole was deep enough, explosives were placed inside to break the ore into more manageable pieces. Water was not used in conjunction with this particular drill to lubricate the bit so a huge amount of dust was created. The drill earned the nickname “widowmaker” because many of the men who operated the drill died from illnesses related to inhaling too much dust.
Location. 34° 40.117′ N, 82° 49.6′ W. Marker is in Clemson, South Carolina, in Pickens County. Marker can be reached from Discovery Lane, on the left when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is located near the entrance to the Bob Campbell Geology Museum, on the grounds of the South Carolina Botantical Gardens. Marker is in this post office area: Clemson SC 29631, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Golden Tigers and Class of 1942 Cadet Life Garden (approx. 0.4 miles away); Heritage Gardens (approx. 0.4 miles away); Heritage Gardens Entrance (approx. 0.4 miles away); The T.L. Senn Horticultural Gardens
"Widowmaker's" Drill and Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Brian Scott, October 26, 2008
2. "Widowmaker's" Drill and Marker
(approx. half a mile away); The Charles and Betty Cruickshank Hosta Garden (approx. half a mile away); Hosta Garden Donors (approx. half a mile away); Log House (approx. half a mile away); Hunt Cabin (approx. half a mile away); The Camellia Garden (approx. 0.6 miles away); Dr. Luther W. Baxter (approx. 0.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Clemson.
Also see . . .  Bob Campbell Geology Museum. The Bob Campbell Geology Museum is located in the South Carolina Botanical Garden on the Clemson University Campus. (Submitted on October 30, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 3,015 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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