Rock Hill, South Carolina

Day 832

     On our way home for my father’s 98th birthday, we took a slight detour to Rock Hill, South Carolina to visit friends we made on our Alaska Trip. He has a more warped sense of humor than I. In response to my question of what to see and do in Rock Hill, he jokily said, “The most notable thing here is the tank at the National Guard Armory”. So, here’s to you, Charles:

     In 1851 the railroad was looking to build tracks and a station between Charlotte, North Carolina and Columbia, South Carolina. The closest towns did not want a railroad in their town because they considered it dirty and noisy. However, nearby landowners agreed to let the railway have a right-of-way through their lands. A spot was chosen for a rail station and the engineers noted the spot on the map as a “rocky hill”.

     Tidbit of Information: Robert Moorman Sims, a resident of Rock Hill, born December 25, 1837, was a Captain in the Confederate Army. He was ordered by Robert E. Lee on April 9, 1865, to carry the white flag of truce which led to the surrender of Lee’s forces at Appomatox Courthouse.

     Most of my information about Rock Hill came from our tour of the Rock Hill Telephone Company Museum, and this gentlemen. 

     He grew up here and worked for the telephone company, now retired. He pointed out old pictures of Rock Hill, and told us what use to be there and what was there now. Most of the old buildings have been torn down, or refurbished for new businesses. 

     The Museum of York County was an interesting museum in downtown Rock Hill. 

     Do you know what this is?

     That’s right, a pigeon. Did you know Pigeons are one of only a small number of species to pass the “mirror test” – a test of self-recognition? They can also recognize each letter of the human alphabet, differentiate between photographs, and even distinguish different humans within a photograph. 

     Of course you know pigeons use to carry mail (carrier pigeons). I wonder if they read that mail?

     Well, Barbara says we have to go, she’s famished. 

Technical Stuff:

Atlanta Georgia to Rock Hill, South Carolina: 249.9 miles

5 hours 3 minutes

10.9 MPG

Diesel: $3.00