Alan and I made our way up to Main Street and walked over to the bridge over the railway, with views back toward the kudzu valley. On the bridge was a sign for a public hearing. I couldn’t tell if it was for the space below, or what.
The opposing balconies looked like there might have been more to them. They certainly didn’t connect to create another buried space because they didn’t quite match up. The beams didn’t match, and they were at different levels.
The north balcony had an elaborate side entrance with a keystone arch. It made us wonder about the original purpose of the building.
The building on the other side of the bridge that covered the tracks on that side looked quite unimpressive. In fact, it looked downright boring.
On the other side of the street we found the bridge we’d seen from below. The back of the plain building on Main Street was occupied by an attorney’s office and a real estate office, but just below that were the passenger doors we had seen earlier.
The parking lot covering the tracks was a mystery. When and why was it constructed? We walked to the end toward McDuffie Street.
On the other side of the street we found the abandoned building we had seen from track level. We took a peek inside, but didn’t explore further.
We wandered back across the street and visited the Carolina Wren Park. This is a sunken park and just about the level of the tracks with a fountain wall. It looks fairly new.
We returned to the car, but I had lots of questions. Was this a passenger depot? When was it active? What was the purpose of the gray building? When and why was the area covered with a parking lot?
When I come across a mystery like this I like to imagine a time when it was active and at its peak. When was that time? What was it really like? I knew I’d be doing lots more research.
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