Update on Ghost Town Research

13 thoughts on “Update on Ghost Town Research”

  1. Thank you for the time & effort you’ve put into your research. This is the most interesting thing I’ve read all weekend! 🙂

    1. I know this is getting off the subject, but when I was a girl in the early 1960, we used to go to a place on Mineral Springs Road in Laurens that had a huge pool, supposedly fed by the springs and my Mom and Dad talked about going to dances there at a dance hall when they were teenagers.I can’t find anything on this. Can you help?

      1. Crystal – I think I found the information you need about those springs. I was looking in the wrong place. Mineral Springs Road is in the Pea Ridge area of Laurens, just off of Fleming Street Extension. It’s near the that big pipe factory. I still don’t have any more info on it, though.

  2. It’s not a ghost town, maybe. But I grew up in Camp Croft in Spartanburg. There were many ruins (at the time) from the WWII facility. We used some near us as “forts,” and they were impressive. Some of the buildings were saved as a theater, church, industrial facilities, etc.. It was a cool place to grow up – almost like having an ancient city around you (though it was only the 40s, but the trees had made it look much older).

    1. You know, I still have never been to Croft State Park. I may have to head over there during our winter break.

      Cyrstal – I see the springs you mentioned in your comment on Google Maps, and I’m familiar with that area. However, I don’t remember a swimming pool or dance hall there. One of my older siblings might, though. A cursory internet search since your comment didn’t return much information, but I’m going to keep looking. You’ve got me intrigued now.

      I know that Harris Springs was a mineral springs resort in lower Laurens County at one time.

  3. Hi Crystal,
    I found a map at Oconee County Library in Walhalla, SC showing the town of Mayucha.
    I drove by what I thought should be the location, according to the map, but only saw a private driveway leading to what could be the location of the town. I can E-mail you a copy of the map if you would like me to?

    Dave Miller
    West Union, SC

    1. Hey,
      I have property in the area of Mayucha…. The property is near the State Owned Piedmont Forestry Center… I would be interested in learning more about Mayucha.
      I am familiar with the wilderness there and frequently do “exploration” and “freestyle hiking” utilizing the deer trails in the area during January and February.
      Email me a map, and any other info you might have, and I’ll start searching. I already know the location of a small “hillbilly-style” gold mining colony in the area.
      Keep Up the Interesting Work,

  4. I’ve pretty much narrowed down what I suspect is the location of Mayucha. By using the map provided above, and investigating local cemeteries, one can conclude that the reference “Tally” refers to a family of large property owners in the area… they are buried at the now defunct Whitmire Church grounds cemetery. The reference to “Alexander” refers to another large property owning family burried at the Alexander Cemetery. The name of postmaster at Mayucha was Thompson, who is buried at the Wolf Pitt cemetery. Using these 3 cemeteries, plus local knowledge of the topography and old road system, I’ve been able to narrow the focus to a small valley within Cheohee Valley. There is a lake there that shows on various maps as a “National Forest Lake” but is locally known as Lake Cheohee. The old-time hunters that I know locally, tell me there are several abandoned gold mines up in the hills of this little valley. The creek that runs through the valley, falling from Mayuka Falls, is often panned for gold.
    These modern facts lead me to believe that Mayucha is under Lake Cheohee, which was once a bottomland creek and eventually flooded by the Alexander family long ago.
    Using the trading post at Oconee Station in Tamassee as a start point, the distance to Lake Cheohee is 7.5 miles.
    This winter, I intend to scout the hills for the mines.

      1. RE: Mayucha…. I’ve made quite a bit of progress pinpointing the location of this mining town.
        I’ve been using various “ancestry” type resources, plus many old shipping guides, postal guides, Confederate pension records, geological studies, Native American archaeology studies, and other historical ‘print’ resources. I used these to compile a list of names of significant families and possible historical locations related to Mayucha.

        Armed with this knowledge I assimilated into the valley culture, attended local church services and interviewed old timers on the family histories of Lay, Alexander, and Moody who are Mayucha’s prominent figures. I’ve accumulated old maps, hiked the various ridges and ravines using the deer trails with hunters as guides. I’ve visited the old defunct cemeteries, traveled to the mines, explored old roadbeds, and walked along the family-named creeks and waterfalls.

        Using all the above, I plotted the significant GPS locations on a Google Earth image. The ‘pushpins’ create a tell-tale ring around a certain particular valley. The closer I investigate this beautiful valley, the more frequently I stumble upon clues leading to breakthrough information.

        I still have plans for more definitive research, but in pursuit of this project I’ve come to realize that while I’ve been able to uncover many of the mysteries Mayucha, my joy was not in finding the answers but in the search for new questions to uncover it’s mystery.

        If you are looking for an easy answer here, all I will tell you is that Mayucha is hiding in plain sight. The former inhabitants live today in the graveyards and place names recorded in it’s history. Seek and you will find it. Until then, I’m keeping it’s secrets so as not to deprive you of the pleasure of the hunt.

        Meanwhile, if someone is interested in learning of my search, I plan to write an essay type document with maps and footnotes. My email is KeoweeLakeClub@gmail.com


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