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Saluda (Poinsett) Watershed

 
 
Saluda (Poinsett) Watershed Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 6, 2019
1. Saluda (Poinsett) Watershed Marker
Inscription.  The Saluda River, Greenville County's largest, falls 500 feet within the county. The Saluda is named for a Native American tribe that lived along its banks. In areas southeast of Greenville, physical evidence of human occupation on the Saluda dates back over 13,000 years. The Saluda River contains one of the greatest concentrations of Pisgah era artifacts in the United States, demonstrating that the Cherokee tribes that populated the area had deep ancestral roots in upstate South Carolina. Considering that modern archaeology roughly estimates that the first humans arrived in what is now the United States more than 13,500 years ago, the Saluda River may very well be one of our cradles of civilization.

Soon after World War II the Poinsett Reservoir was constructed to serve Greenville's growing population. The Poinsett Reservoir, also known as North Saluda, receives its water from the North Saluda tributary of the Saluda River. The watershed spans nearly 20,000 acres and contains all the land and stream tributaries that flow into the reservoir.

The Reedy River, which flows through downtown Greenville, is a tributary of the Saluda
Marker detail: North Saluda Reservoir May 2012 image. Click for full size.
2. Marker detail: North Saluda Reservoir May 2012
River, flowing into the Saluda in Laurens County, S.C.
 
Location. 34° 51.162′ N, 82° 24.326′ W. Marker is in Greenville, South Carolina, in Greenville County. Marker is at the intersection of West Broad Street and West Washington Street, on the right when traveling south on West Broad Street. Marker is located in an interpretive plaza at the southwest corner of the intersection. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 407 West Broad Street, Greenville SC 29601, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Cherokee in the Upcountry / Beginnings of Greenville Water (here, next to this marker); Table Rock Watershed (here, next to this marker); Reverence for Water: Feeding the Body, Feeling the Spirit (a few steps from this marker); Lake Keowee Watershed (a few steps from this marker); Prospect Hill Park (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); St Mary's Catholic Church (about 700 feet away); Textile Hall (about 700 feet away); Historic Plants Garden (approx. mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Greenville.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Greenville Water History
 
Categories. Native AmericansNatural ResourcesWaterways & Vessels
 
Saluda (Poinsett) Watershed Marker<br>(<i>wide view • West Washington Street in background</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 6, 2019
3. Saluda (Poinsett) Watershed Marker
(wide view • West Washington Street in background)
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on June 17, 2019. This page originally submitted on June 14, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 58 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 17, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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