Wilson Creek and the ghost town of Mortimer
Most people I saw there were fishing, some fishing waist deep in the creek. A few bicyclists were on the road getting their exercise, making the area was mostly mine to explore. My first stop was Wilson Creek Visitor Center.
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|Wilson Creek Vistor Center|
|Photos and and a still|
Next to the visitor center is a country store, but I didn't go in.
I noticed parking areas of varying sizes spaced out along the roadside allowing easy access to the creek. I took advantage of that to take some photos of the creek and also observe the evidence of past flooding the area is known for.
My next stop was Mortimer, NC, a ghost town. Mortimer was a thriving mill town of about 800 people until a devastating 1940 flood drove people out of the area. The Wilson Creek Visitor Center has photographs of Moritmer, including the mills shown below.
|Cotton mill ruins|
|Ruins of railroad bridge|
The campground is closed to visitors for the winter, but you can still walk through it if you choose. I was more interested in taking a photo of the white building that survived the 1940 flood.
Having taken all the photos I planned to take, it was time to turn around and head home. Heading back down the road, I noticed a monument I hadn't spotted the first time through.
I also spotted more railroad bridge ruins.
And I also had to take one more photo of Wilson Creek before the sun got too much lower in the sky.
The Wilson Creek area is quite beautiful. I look forward to coming back again someday. It's a pity it took so long (about 2hrs one way) to get there and back so I could have spent more time there.
- History of Mortimer and Edgemont, N.C. - pictures of the Wilson Creek area, including the 1940 flood aftermath.