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Near Fort Lawn in Chester County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

The Canal Bed

 
 
The Canal Bed Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Sean Nix, November 22, 2008
1. The Canal Bed Marker
Inscription. It is this upper section of the canal that has best survived periodic flooding in tact. The canal bed is not always straight but curves in several places to follow the contour of a natural hill. By cutting into the hill along a constant level and transferring the earth to the outer bank, a minimum of excavation and earth moving was necessary. The extreme upper part of the canal was cut straight across level land, the greatest difficulty being the bed rock which was encountered. This was blasted out, some of it being used in canal construction. The rock is visible in places along the upper part of the canal bed often showing holes which were drilled by hand for blasting. In building the canal all trees and plant growth were removed and excavations were carried out by hand or with mules and drag lines. Stumps were removed with a variety of machines common at the time. Each bank was given a core of clay which was resistant to leaking. Archaeologists have found this clay layer still in tact in this area.
 
Erected by South Carolina State Park Service.
 
Location. 34° 46.77′ N, 80° 52.692′ W. Marker is near Fort Lawn, South Carolina, in Chester County. Marker can be reached from Park Drive near Landsford Road (South
The Canal Bed Marker Illustration image. Click for full size.
By Michael Sean Nix, November 22, 2008
2. The Canal Bed Marker Illustration
Carolina Highway 843), on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is located on the Canal Trail in Landsford Canal State Park. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Lawn SC 29714, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Culvert (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Mill Complex (approx. 0.2 miles away); Footbridge (approx. 0.4 miles away); Great Indian Warrior Trading Path (approx. half a mile away); A Nest with a Bird's-Eye View (approx. 0.7 miles away); Landsford Canal State Park Trails (approx. 0.8 miles away); The Guardlock (approx. 0.8 miles away); The Dam (approx. 0.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Fort Lawn.
 
Also see . . .  South Carolina Department of Archives and History. (Submitted on November 22, 2008, by Michael Sean Nix of Spartanburg, South Carolina.)
 
Categories. Waterways & Vessels
 
The Canal Bed image. Click for full size.
By Michael Sean Nix, November 22, 2008
3. The Canal Bed
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Michael Sean Nix of Spartanburg, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 832 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Michael Sean Nix of Spartanburg, South Carolina. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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