Before the building of the Anderson Swimming Pool
in 1953, There were several places for people of Pacolet
to swim. The
main ones are described below.
swam in the river. A popular spot
was at the "Big Rock" in the company pasture. Swimming
in the river was
dangerous. It was deep in places with some strong
currents. The water
was muddy and there was almost no visibility. Over the
were several drownings.
Pacolet River - by
- This stream, in Cherokee County was used by many to
swim in. It was much smaller and shallower than the
Pacolet River and
not nearly as dangerous. One particularly popular place
was beside the
old bridge where Burnt Gin Road (State Road
S-11-72) crosses Thicketty
The Creek at
- This spot has already been described on the
page about Brown's Branch.
creek that ran into Brown's branch was tiny but had been
provide a fairly large pool to swim in.
Duck Ponds -
There were two of these ponds that were used to provide
water for fire fighting for the village. One was
at the top of
Hill, just below the school. This is shown in the photo
other was close to the intersection of
Quarry St. and Brewster Street, not too far from the
Ball Park. I don't
think that people were supposed to swim in these
ponds but some did. I believe there was a drowning
in the pond
next to the school in the early 1940's.
Old Quarry - When work in
the the old
quarry was stopped, it filled up with water. It became a
folks to swim. It was the site of a multiple drowning in
This lake was located about 10 miles north of
Spartanburg near Boiling Springs. It had been built as a
water reservoir for Spartanburg during the Depression.
places described before, Rainbow Lake had lifeguards and
swimming area. It was a very popular place for groups to
swim. The lake was closed to swimming in the late
1960's. Many folks
from Pacolet used the lake when it was open.
swimming pool in the city
of Spartanburg. It was closer to Pacolet than Rainbow
Lake and more
convenient for swimmers.
This was the most popular swimming pool for Pacolet
people before the Anderson
built. This large pool was built in
part of the former Camp Croft and was only about 6 or 7
Spartanburg YMCA had an inside pool where swimming
boys were taught and was sometimes could be used for
swimming. The unusual feature about the YMCA pool was
had to swim in the nude. Even during swimming lessons,
swim suits were
not allowed. The pool supposedly was heated but it did
not feel that