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Moncks Corner, South Carolina

Posted by graywacke on April 19, 2009

First timer? In this 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,” above.

Dan – When things are going bad, one area of the country never lets me down – the Southeast.  Today’s SE USer . . . SC; 16/18; 4/10; 4; 162.8.  Here’s my landing map, showing proximity to Moncks Corner and Lake Moultrie:


You can see that the West Br of the Cooper River was dammed to make Lake Moultrie, and one would think that I landed in the Cooper River watershed. Well, one would be wrong. For those of you who know your Charleston SC geography (Charleston is about 30 miles SE of my landing), the city is bounded by two rivers: to the north, the Cooper and to the south, the Ashley. Well, it turns out that the divided between the two watersheds is very close to my landing spot.

As is my custom, here’s a map showing the watershed divide; the Cooper to the east and the Ashley to the west:


My watershed entry is as follows: Wassamassaw Swamp (great name!); to the Cypress Swamp; to the Great Cypress Scamp; to a new river (the 1002nd) – the Ashley; which flows into Charleston Bay.

I just Googled wassamassaw, and found out something wonderful that I hadn’t noticed: look closely at the word “wassamassaw.” See anything striking? No? It’s a palindrome!! From the “wordie.org” website:

Wassamassaw: The name of a swamp in South Carolina, north of Charleston (the northern extension of the Cypress Swamp). Legend has it that the Indian meaning of this palindrome is “the worst place ever seen”.

The “Wassamassaw” wordie.org website entry had a link to the word “detartrated” (another palindrome). Here’s what the link had to say:

It is time to determine the meaning of the palindrome “detartrated.” Tartrated means containing tartar. Tartar is a white crystalline salt KHC4H4O6 found in grapes. So “detartrated” means having the tartar removed, usually in reference to grapes or wine.

There is another meaning, however, suggested by a 1968 paper in Google Scholar entitled “The technique of detartration and curettage in the prevention and treatment of periodontal diseases.” Yes, removal of tartar from teeth is detartration. Therefore, every time the dentist cleans our teeth, we have been detartrated!

Wordie.org links go on and on, so I think I’ll stop here . . .

Anyway, Moncks Corner is a fairly substantial town, pop 6000. I’m not finding much on the town, but I did find my usual picture of the train depot (from city-data.com, photographer Rachel Chapman):


Here’s an interesting photo, with the caption underneath:


The mission in the swamp, from The Patriot with Mel Gibson. The set was at Cypress Gardens in Moncks Corner, SC.

And this interesting local news story from 2007:

On September 17th, a 59 year old man got his arm bitten off by a 12-foot (3.7 m), 600 lb (270 kg) alligator while swimming in Lake Moultrie. Some nurses, who were at a picnic nearby were able to stop the bleeding until help arrived. Doctors at Medical University of South Carolina were not able to reattach his arm.

When I’m on my ALAD tour and stop by Lake Moultrie, I think I’ll pass on swimming . . .

Here’s a moody shot of the lake:


And here’s David Graham, a very happy fisherman with a very large carp caught in the lake:


And a couple of alligators in the lake (maybe one of which ate the arm of that poor guy):





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