Mill Dam Once Again Produces Power
The “new mill”
is long since gone, but it’s dam still exists. The dam is shown as the
backround in the photo above. The Girl Scouts had a summer day camp
beside the river about 1954. Recently, that dam has been put to good
use, again, for it’s original purpose. The Lockhart Power Company has
installed a new power house and turbine and is using it to produce
enough electricity for 1100 houses. The full story of this new facility
along with photos can be read in an article from the Spartanburg Herald
Again Used to Produce Power. (This article appeared in the
paper on May 2, 2013. The link to this article on the Newspaper website
is no longer active so a copy of the article is used here.)
The dam is over 100 years old. In it’s early life, the dam produced
water power for the huge waterwheels that powered mills no.'s 1 and 2. These mills were
damaged or destroyed in the Great Flood of 1903.
“new mill”, mill no. 5, was built
in the same location to replace them.
Lockhart Power is already using the powerhouse and turbines at the “old
mill” (Mill no. 3) dam to produce electricity. See the photos of the
"old Mill" dam, turbines and control system below.
This web site has been
started as a public service to share the story of Pacolet. The web
master and person to contact about putting information on the web site
is me, Gerald Teaster. Contact me at:
or by telephone at (843) 873-8117. My regular
mail adress is:
1311 Jahnz Ave.
Summerville, SC 29485