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The Lawson's Fork: Headwaters to Confluence
In this deeply personal journey, author David Taylor takes an illustrated voyage down the Lawsons Fork, an urban stream that crosses the city of Spartanburg, South Carolina. His mythic float takes him back in time, to an era when the river provided hunting grounds for pre-historic civilizations, trails for European settlers, and power for early forms of...
In this deeply personal journey, author David Taylor takes an illustrated voyage down the Lawsons Fork, an urban stream that crosses the city of Spartanburg, South Carolina. His mythic float takes him back in time, to an era when the river provided hunting grounds for pre-historic civilizations, trails for European settlers, and power for early forms of industry. It brings him face to face with the modern role that rivers like the Lawsons have served--that of drainage ditches for burgeoning Sunbelt populations. Along the way, Taylor provides an interpretive map of the natural history of Lawsons Fork and presents an ode to the many heroic people who have labored to protect its waters. He dutifully answers many of Spartanburgs questions about the stream: How clean is it? What plants and animals are still found there? What parts are navigable? And who was Lawson anyway? Co-author Gary Henderson offers numerous in-depth profiles of the people who live,work and play along the Lawsons. They offer up their memories of the creek and their hopes for its continued recovery. The narrative is accompanied by dozens of illustrations by nature artist Helen Correll and by the work of a wide group of Spartanburg photographers. They provide an interior glimpse of a natural resource few have seen, except from bridge crossings. Integrated throughout the book is the creative work of local poets, including a group of young students from a school in the watershed. Together these writers, photographers and artists present a complex and intriguing portrait of an urban stream and the community that it traverses. "The Lawsons Fork: Headwaters to Confluence," is a journey readers wont soon forget.
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