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 Road.

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 level.

Harvey Town –Housing at Pacolet Station built by the “Cat” Harvey family.

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 Store.

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 Hole.

Lower Mill
(Mill No. 3) – Also known as the Old Mill ; mill that was not completely washed away in the Flood.

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
Street.

Norman Brown’s pasture – Pastureland near Granite Street; owned by Norman Brown.

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  river.

Short Line – Cameron Street.

Shorty’s Pond – Dammed-up area of Can Holler Creek.

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 (Trough Shoals) – original name of the mill village of Pacolet Mills.

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 Trestle.

Victor Park -  Park-like area where mill supervisors’ housing was located.

 
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