Mystery of the U.S. 29 Milestones
Rather than take the shorter, direct route to the milestones along current U.S. 29, I went through Greer, Duncan, and Lyman on the old route of U.S. 29, now Poinsett Street (S.C. 290), Spartanburg Road, and Old Spartanburg Highway to see what old country stores, service stations, and anything else I found interesting.
this 1937 story in the Spartanbuirg Herald-Journal about the monument, it's history, and the fort's history. A photo of the monument is included in the story:
...with the right away for footmen and vehicles to and from the site of "Fort Prince" to the nearest public road (Blackstock) by the most feasible route...While road names and routes have changed since 1900, this deed still does grant the right for people to visit the monument. If I had known that, I might have paid it a visit.
Now on to the purpose of my trip. A post to the closed Facebook group Abandoned, Old and interesting places in South Carolina reminded me of the existence of a milestone on S.C. 129 placed when it was U.S. 29. Discussion disclosed the existence of two more milestones new to me.
All of these milestones are on the north side of the road. Two milestones are on what is now S.C. 129, the other is on U.S. 29. All three (and the others now gone) were probably placed there in the early 1950s, when the road was originally built and designated U.S. 29. This snippet from a 1951 Spartanburg County map by the S.C. Department of Transportation shows this route.
this 1964 Spartanburg County map:
the U.S. 29 section [2014 archive] of MapMikey's South Carolina Highways Page.
Coming in from the north east from Fort Prince Road, the milestones are on the right side of the road. Nice how that worked out, huh? The first one I visited is milestone 39.
map link] in front of a private residence.
The last one is on U.S. 29 in Lyman and is milestone 43. I parked at a nearby Burger King and walked the short distance to take this photo.
I also wonder what happened to rest of milestones, and were they just placed in Spartanburg County or were more also placed in other counties along U.S. 29?
It was just as well this was the last stop because the rain that contented itself to remain sprinkles during my excursion became steady light rain as soon as I left Lyman. The rain had held off just long enough!
I left out many photos that didn't fit into the narrative, but they're all available in an album on Flickr and an album on Google Photos.