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Calhoun Falls, South Carolina

Posted by graywacke on May 19, 2009

First timer? In this (hopefully) once-a-day blog, I have my computer select a random latitude and longitude that puts me somewhere in the continental United States (the lower 48). I call this “landing.” I keep track of the watersheds I land in, as well as the town I land near. I do some internet research to hopefully find something of interest about my landing location. To find out more about A Landing A Day (like who “Dan” is and what the various numbers and abbreviations mean), please see “About Landing,” (and “Abbreviations” and “Cryptic Numbers”) above.

Dan – Headin’ back down towards 160 with another visit to the SE . . . GA; 29/33; 5/10; 8; 160.7. Just one USer away from a new record low Score.  Note that this is the first time that the title of the post does not jive with the state I actually landed in.  As you’ll see, I landed right on the GA/SC border.

But first:  this is weird!  I landed in a lake for the second time in a row!!!  Here’s my three-clicks-out landing map:


Here’s my six-clicks-out landing map:


You can see I landed near one of those round towns, which are typically in GA.  It just so happens that this round town (Calhoun Falls) is across the state line (and across the Savannah R) in SC.   Incidently, this is my 6th hit for the Savannah.

Here’s a broader view, featuring Calhoun Falls SC:

calhoun falls

The big lake I landed in is the Richard B. Russell Lake, which is dammed by the Richard B. Russell Dam. Here’s a picture of the dam:


From the Army Corps of Engineers Richard B. Russell Lake webpage:

Welcome to Richard B. Russell Lake and Dam Project, the most recent multi-purpose water resource development built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Savannah District. Due to Federal Laws that prohibit private exclusive use of public lands surrounding the lake, the area remains strikingly beautiful and picturesque

Many visitors express their appreciation with the Corps for maintaining the aesthetic qualities of the lake and shoreline – a unique experience for most outdoor enthusiasts in the area. With its undeveloped shorelines, Russell Lake provides an outdoor experience that goes beyond just fishing – visitors enjoy the beautiful scenery as well as the abundant wildlife.

Actually, I think it’s very cool that the lake shores remain very undeveloped.

From the same website, this about Dan Tucker, starting with words from the famous folk song:

“Ole Dan Tucker was a grand ole man;
He washed his face in a fryin’ pan;
Combed his hair with a wagon wheel;
Died with a tooth ache in his heel !”

Daniel Tucker was an early inhabitant of what is now the Richard B. Russell Lake area. He was born February 11, 1740 and died at the age of 78 on April 7, 1818. His grave rests on the shores of the lake. The amiable Reverend Daniel Tucker was a minister of the gospel, ferry boat operator and farmer. A friend to planters and slaves a like, Tucker prayed with both. To praise Tucker, slaves sang verse after verse of this popular folk song at corn shuckings and other social gatherings.

From Wiki, about the song “Ol’ Dan Tucker:

The blackface troupe the Virginia Minstrels popularized “Old Dan Tucker” in 1843, and it became a minstrel hit during the antebellum period. Today it is a bluegrass and country music standard.

The first sheet music edition of “Old Dan Tucker”, published in 1843, is a song of boasts and nonsense in the vein of previous minstrel hits. In exaggerated Black Vernacular English, the lyrics tell of Dan Tucker’s exploits in a strange town, where he fights, gets drunk, overeats, and breaks other social taboos. Minstrel troupes freely added and removed verses, and folk singers have since added hundreds more. Parodies and political versions are also known.

Hmmm – it doesn’t sound much like a song that praises Reverend Dan. Here are some more lyrics:

I come to town de udder night,
I hear de noise an saw de fight,
De watchman was a runnin roun,
Cryin Old Dan Tucker’s come to town.
Tucker was a hardened sinner,
He nebber said his grace at dinner;
De ole sow squeel, de pigs did squall
He ate da hog wid de tail and all.


So get out de way! Get out de way!
Get out de way! Old Dan Tucker.
Your to late to come to supper.

There are many other verses, none of which sing the praises of a white preacher. Continuing from Wiki:

A story dating to at least 1965 claims that “Old Dan Tucker” was written by slaves about a man named Daniel Tucker who lived in Elbert County, Georgia. Tucker was a farmer, ferryman, and minister who appears in records from the late 18th and early 19th centuries. The story, as related by Mrs. Guy Rucker, the great-great-granddaughter of one of Tucker’s neighbors, claims that Tucker became quite well liked by the slaves in his area through his ministry to them.

According to this interpretation, the lyrics address Tucker directly. The chorus, “You’re too late to get your supper” is a kindhearted taunt to a man who often arrived after dark, forcing his hosts to scrape up a meal for him. The song’s occasional lewdness is explained by the natural impromptu nature of its supposed origin.

Doesn’t really make much sense to me. Oh, well.

Here’s a nice shot of the lake shore:

lake russell

Here’s a picture of the Red Dot Grocery Store in Calhoun Falls, with the caption below:

red dot grocery store

This store in Calhoun Falls, SC has been with this family for over a hundred years!

Here’s an old shot of a bridge over the Savannah R (which is now underwater, thanks to the lake):

bridge now under water

I’ll close with this sunset over the lake:




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