Pacolet Place Names and Locations
(This list was composed and furnished by Don Camby.)
Across the River or On the Other Side of the River
- terms used to tell direction because Pacolet
Mills was divided by the Pacolet River.
Back Line – Walker Street.
The Bank – Dirt and rock hill between Milliken Street and Short Line that
rose higher than the roofs of the houses on Short Line; the rocks were actually
huge boulders, parts of which sometimes broke away and rolled to the base
of the Bank at the back of the houses on Short Line.
The Bend – Part of Pacolet River that makes
a big curve below the Lower Mill (Mill No. 3).
The Big Pot Hole – In Pacolet River below
Lower Mill (Mill No. 3) between the Little
Island and the riverbank.
Boss Line – Mill supervisors’ housing in Victor Park.
Brown’s Alley – Rental housing for Blacks near where the railroad tracks crossed Jerusalem
Can Holler – Area down the hill from Back
Line; location of Bonner’s Store, “Pug” Guyton’s Barber Shop, “Fat” Gregory’s
Pool Hall and “Hunk” Gossett’s Store.
Can Holler Hill – Hill from Back Line to Can Holler.
The Cat Holes – Tunnel-like area that the road passed through at the Lower Mill (Mill No.3) and also the short underpass
under the railroad tracks near the Upper Mill(Mill No.5) boiler room.
Company Barn (Livery Stable) – Located between Short Line and the Cloth
Room; stable for the mules used by the mill company
before it started using trucks; also contained two jail cells.
Company Pasture – Area behind Cleveland Street
used by mill employees for raising livestock.
Company Store – Grocery store & department
store owned and operated by the mill company on the middle level of the Hall.
Cook Line –Housing area for Blacks near Brown Mill Road.
The Corn Field – Area bounded by Brown’s Chapel
Baptist Church and Limestone and Green Streets.
The Duck Pond – Dammed-up area of the creek below Pacolet Mills Elementary School.
The Filling Station – A combination gas station
and lunch counter located in the Flat near the
Pacolet River Bridge.
The Flat – Area near the Upper Mill (Mill No. 5) and the Pacolet River Bridge.
The Flat Rock – Area on the Pacolet River
upriver from the Upper Mill (Mill No.5)dam.
The Golf Course – 9 hole course in pasture behind Dr.
Hill’s house (built by mill workers).
The Hall – The YMCA building which contained
a gymnasium (later a skating rink), a post office, barber
shop, a duck pins bowling alley and pool hall on the top level; a grocery
store, movie theater, jewelry store, drug store and a department
store on the middle level; and a girls’
club on the bottom level; all three levels could be entered from street
Harvey Town –Housing at Pacolet Station built by the “Cat” Harvey
The Holler – Woods bounded by the Cloth Room, Upper Mill boiler room, Cotton
Shed, Hotel Hill, Boss Line, Milliken Street and Short Line.
The Hotel – Victor Inn.
Hotel Hill – Hill between Victor Park and the
Upper Mill (Mill No. 5) where the Victor Inn was located.
Indian Head Rock – Rock that had an Indian head carved on it; located upriver
from the Upper Mill (Mill No. 5) on bank of
the Pacolet River.
Keg Town – Area past Brown’s Chapel Baptist Church; location of Whitlock’s
Kirby Springs – Location of mill village water system pump house at the
Mill Ball Park.
The Little Island –Small island at the end of the Lower Mill (Mill No. 3) tail race.
The Little Pot Hole – In Pacolet River below
Lower Mill (Mill No. 3) near the Big Pot
Lower Mill (Mill No. 3) – Also known as
the Old Mill ; mill that was not completely washed away in the
Marysville – Area near Benjamin E. Mays School built
by the mill company for Black mill employees.
Mill Ball Park – Baseball park built by
the mill company; located at the end of Brewster
Norman Brown’s pasture – Pastureland near Granite Street; owned by Norman
Pacolet Mills – Mill village where textile
mills were located; originally known as Trough or Trough Shoals.
Pacolet Station – Town southwest of
Pacolet Mills; location of the railroad station,
hence the name, Pacolet Station.
Punkin Center –Housing on Old Union
Highway south of Pacolet Station.
Red Hill – Area past Can Holler; location of
the Pacolet Church of God.
The River – The Pacolet River which bisected
the mill village.
River Road – Dirt road that went through the Company
Pasture to the Trash Hole and then to the
Short Line – Cameron Street.
Shorty’s Pond – Dammed-up area of Can Holler
The Sliding Rocks – Rocks near the Upper Mill
(Mill No. 5) dam; used to slide on while swimming in the Pacolet River.
The Tail Race – Rock wall built out into the Pacolet River from the Lower Mill (Mill No. 3); had a steel ladder
so people could climb down and fish from it. There was one at the Upper Mill that (Mill No. 5) was not as accessible.
The Three Trees – Deep part of Can Holler Creek
behind Back Line.
Tight Wad – Area where Granite
and Cleveland Streets meet.
Tin Top Alley – Rental houses for Blacks behind Brown’s Store at Pacolet Station.
The Trash Hole – Area of the Company Pasture where collected garbage was dumped.
The Trestle – Elevated section of railroad track
behind the Mill Ball Park.
Trough Shoals – Shoals on the Pacolet River near the mill village of Pacolet Mills and from which the original name
of the mill village was taken.
Upper Mill (Mill No. 5) – Also known
as the New Mill; replaced the mills washed away in the Flood.
West’s Pond – Pond on the left of the railroad
tracks on the Pacolet Station side of the
Victor Park - Park-like area where
mill supervisors’ housing was located.
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