Exploring US 221 Part 1: Moore to Enoree
My first stop was this old school building in Moore, SC:
a 1940 SC DOT map of Spartanburg County.
The South Carolina School Insurance Photograph database contains this photo of the school:
a 1982 story about the history of Moore in the Spartanburg Herald-Journal. I've also seen later references in Google's online newspaper archives to wedding receptions held there as late as 2004.
A few miles down US 221 in Switzer is another old school building that shares the same design, at least on the outside:
Like the Moore School, I couldn't find the exact year this school was built but I can narrow it down. A 1935 USGS quad map of Switzer shows the school in the present location. A 1910 map and a 1927 map of Spartanburg County both show a school on the other side of Old Spartanburg Road from this school's location. So the school must have been built sometime between 1927 and 1935.
Switzer School is also in the South Carolina School Insurance database:
A Civilian Conservation Corps camp, near Switzer, was located behind this baseball field in the mid-1930s until 1937 when the camp closed. The next year, this site was used as a tuberculosis camp for underprivileged children.
This 1938 USGS topo map overlayed and made partially transparent in Google Earth shows better where the camp was:
The entrance was gated and locked, so I couldn't drive through. The gate isn't made to keep out people, so I could have easily gone through the gate, but the probably of finding any significant ruins back there are small. It was also getting rather late in the day. Perhaps some other time?
A 1982 story in the Spartanburg Herald-Journal explains some of the history of Switzer, including how the community got its name.
joined the National Register of Historic Places in 2006.
Woodruff High School is represented in the SC School Insurance database with this photo of the left side:
Abandoned School - Woodruff. Northside School was also in the SC School Insurance database:
a 1981 story and a 1983 story in the Spartanburg Herald-Journal, Hillsville began declining after the mill in Enoree opened in 1888. The crumbling buildings I found are all that are left. I didn't stray too far onto the property to avoid any potential unfriendly property owners, but I did manage to capture the few buildings left.
Here's the ruins of the pharmacy building:
Flickr photographer Sean Grean was also here a few years ago. Not only were fewer natural obstructions in his way back then, he was also much bolder about exploring the property than I was. His album is called Hillsville SC on Flickr.
In Enoree, I stopped at a building with a lone gas pump, or should I say kerosene pump:
I also stopped by the old Enoree Drug Store building.
I made my way into the residential area of Enoree to the location of an old school, off School St. (imagine that!). These ruins are all I found at coordinates I had:
an album on Flickr and an album on Google Photos as usual.
In the next part, I'll cross over the bridge at Enoree into Laurens County and cover the trip from Lanford to Harris Springs.
Here's a map of the locations visited in this part: