Tracing the Swamp Rabbit Railroad in River Falls
|Swamp Rabbit remnants in Cleveland|
The path from Greenville to Travelers Rest was abandoned in 2005 to become the Swamp Rabbit Trail and is easily traced. The path from Travelers Rest to Cleveland was abandoned in the 1960s and is traceable from historic maps and from a satellite map view such as Google's or Bing's. This part I investigated in Tracing the Swamp Rabbit.
The path north from Cleveland to River Falls was abandoned much earlier (later than 1920 but before 1940) and is much harder to trace due to the length of time passed. This part I investigated in Tracing the Swamp Rabbit, part 2 and briefly in Boxing Day Adventures.
For the location of the northern terminus, I relied on a 1961 USGS map of the Cleveland quadrangle showing an old path from Devils Fork Road to Gap Creek Road. I assumed it was the old railroad bed.
a plat based a survey performed in 1918 showing a different terminus location and also a wye for the train to turn around. This map shows the railroad ends between River Falls Road and the Middle Saluda.
Plat book Y, page 116, also surveyed in 1918 but not recorded until 1951, shows the railroad path from Cleveland north to River Falls. Excellent! Below I've snipped the part from Devils Fork Road to present Jones Gap Road.
With these two plats, I've been able to improve my map in an area I had to make some educated guesses. I'm pleased most of my guesses were correct, and happy to correct where I was wrong.
I also found a plat from 1961 showing a closer look at railroad path just south of River Falls.
I've documented my sources on my Google Drive account. Photos of railroad remnants from my previous adventures are on Flickr in sets Tracing the Swamp Rabbit, part 1, Tracing the Swamp Rabbit, part 2, and Tracing the Swamp Rabbit - Dec 2013.
And my newly revised map:
Update 5/21/2016: I found a another River Falls plat in this PDF showing the location of the railroad and depot in River Falls. I overlaid that plat over River Falls in Google Earth (as best as I could) and produced this: