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

Lake Keowee Watershed

Lake Keowee Watershed Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, May 6, 2019
1. Lake Keowee Watershed Marker
Inscription.  Lake Keowee is located in Jocassee Valley. The Cherokee, who formerly inhabited the valley, considered their city of Keowee to be a "mother town" for surrounding tribes. The valley was home to two tribes of the Cherokee: the Oconee (aka the Brown Vipers) and the Eastatoees (aka the Green Birds - likely named for the Carolina Parakeet, the only parrot native to North America).

The name Jocassee is derived from the legend of Jocassee, who was the daughter of Brown Viper Chief Attakulla. According to lore, Nagoochee, a Green Bird, trespassed into Brown Viper territory where he broke his leg. Jocassee brought him home and took care of him and they fell in love. In a later war between the two tribes, Jocassee's brother killed Nagoochee and brought his head back as a trophy. The legend is that Jocassee walked out onto the water, without sinking, to meet Nagoochee's ghost.

Jocassee means "Place of the Lost One", while Keowee means "Place of the Mulberries".

In the 1960's, Duke Power Company gained ownership of Jocassee Valley to build lakes in support of a nuclear power station. During preparations for construction of the
Marker detail: Lake Keowee image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duke Energy
2. Marker detail: Lake Keowee
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dams, archeological excavations of historic towns and Cherokee villages revealed several endangered plant and animal species. Duke Power (now Duke Energy) and the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources entered into an agreement to designate the Jocassee Gorges as Wildlife Management Area land which allows for public access.

Duke Power began construction of the Keowee-Toxaway power project in 1967, and completed filling Lake Keowee and Lake Jocassee in 1973.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Native AmericansNatural Resources.
Location. 34° 51.164′ N, 82° 24.317′ 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. Reverence for Water: Feeding the Body, Feeling the Spirit (here, next to this marker); Table Rock Watershed (a few steps from this marker); Cherokee in the Upcountry / Beginnings of Greenville Water (a few steps from this marker); Saluda (Poinsett) Watershed (a
Lake Keowee Watershed Marker<br>(<i>wide view • Washington/Broad intersection in background</i>) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, May 6, 2019
3. Lake Keowee Watershed Marker
(wide view • Washington/Broad intersection in background)
few steps from this marker); Prospect Hill Park (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); St Mary's Catholic Church (about 600 feet away); Textile Hall (about 700 feet away); Historic Plants Garden (approx. Ό 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
Credits. This page was last revised on June 17, 2019. It was originally submitted on June 14, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 248 times since then and 50 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 17, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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May. 28, 2022