Daily Archives: November 7, 2022

Troupville River Park Kiosk 2022-07-02

A tour around the future site of Troupville River Camp and River Park, at and near the Little River Confluence with the Withlacoochee River, just west of Valdosta, on GA 133 at Val Tech Road, off of I-75 Exit 18. Included are some more pictures of that old dam site and the likely location of the Thomasville Stage Road Bridge on the Little River. Withlacoochee River pictures include the proposed takeout for Troupville River Camp, a slough, and several cleared deadfalls. Plus Old Broad Street. All this could go on a kiosk for Troupville River Park.

[Collage, Troupville, 2022-07-02]
Collage, Troupville, 2022-07-02

Using datapoints from this and other walkarounds, this map includes the apparent routes of two streets of old Troupville, the seat of Lowndes County before Valdosta: Broad Street, running north and south, and the Thomasville Stage Road, coming in from the west, joining at Troupville Town Square, where Swain’s Hotel and Tavern was. Archaeology is needed to confirm or disprove these routes, and to find other streets and sites.

[Map: Troupville River Park]
Map: Troupville River Park in the WWALS map of the Withlacoochee and Little River Water Trail.

[Old Thomasville Stage Road Bridge, 09:21:22, 30.8509301, -83.3481123]
Old Thomasville Stage Road Bridge, 09:21:22, 30.8509301, -83.3481123

[North Troupville Little River Fishing, 09:25:31, 30.8499694, -83.3482924]
North Troupville Little River Fishing, 09:25:31, 30.8499694, -83.3482924

[Little River Confluence, 09:35:37, 30.8472453, -83.3474851]
Little River Confluence, 09:35:37, 30.8472453, -83.3474851

[Likely river access, Troupville River Camp, 09:39:10, 30.8465209, -83.3472641]
Likely river access, Troupville River Camp, 09:39:10, 30.8465209, -83.3472641

[Why no farther upstream: sandbar rapids, 09:40:31, 30.8463003, -83.3475333]
Why no farther upstream: sandbar rapids, 09:40:31, 30.8463003, -83.3475333

[Former DF1 logjam cleared, 09:41:57, 30.8458848, -83.3474451]
Former DF1 logjam cleared, 09:41:57, 30.8458848, -83.3474451

[Blondie eyes the Withlacoochee River, 09:42:55, 30.8459370, -83.3473878]
Blondie eyes the Withlacoochee River, 09:42:55, 30.8459370, -83.3473878

[Former DF2 logjam cleared, 09:46:11, 30.8453862, -83.3471698]
Former DF2 logjam cleared, 09:46:11, 30.8453862, -83.3471698

[Limbs and roots, 09:48:00, 30.8453294, -83.3470796]
Limbs and roots, 09:48:00, 30.8453294, -83.3470796

[Former DF3 Big log cleared, 09:49:23, 30.8447547, -83.3475775]
Former DF3 Big log cleared, 09:49:23, 30.8447547, -83.3475775

[Blondie, tea-colored river, logjam, 09:51:26, 30.8453839, -83.3473251]
Blondie, tea-colored river, logjam, 09:51:26, 30.8453839, -83.3473251

[Slough, 09:57:09, 30.8466553, -83.3464687]
Slough, 09:57:09, 30.8466553, -83.3464687

[A trail? 10:00:46, 30.8471930, -83.3460670]
A trail? 10:00:46, 30.8471930, -83.3460670

[Red metal, 10:07:05, 30.8493070, -83.3460560]
Red metal, 10:07:05, 30.8493070, -83.3460560

[Tung oil trees, 10:07:24, 30.8495181, -83.3463772]
Tung oil trees, 10:07:24, 30.8495181, -83.3463772

[Pond at Troupville Town Square, 10:09:53, 30.8499342, -83.3463053]
Pond at Troupville Town Square, 10:09:53, 30.8499342, -83.3463053

[Blondie heads up Old Broad Street, 10:10:40, 30.8499342, -83.3463053]
Blondie heads up Old Broad Street, 10:10:40, 30.8499342, -83.3463053

[White bucket, 10:13:55, 30.8512380, -83.3451330]
White bucket, 10:13:55, 30.8512380, -83.3451330

[Park entrance, 10:16:55, 30.8525340, -83.3450000]
Park entrance, 10:16:55, 30.8525340, -83.3450000

[Black bucket, 10:23:25, 30.8523084, -83.3465640]
Black bucket, 10:23:25, 30.8523084, -83.3465640

[Troup Bridge, 10:26:08, 30.8523168, -83.3466514]
Troup Bridge, 10:26:08, 30.8523168, -83.3466514

[A Troupville Dam timber, 10:29:23, 30.8519438, -83.3471898]
A Troupville Dam timber, 10:29:23, 30.8519438, -83.3471898

There are more pictures on the WWALS website.

For some history of old Troupville, see:

Thanks to Suzy Hall for uncovering those last three items. More Troupville History later.

 -jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®

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It’s Crawford Branch next to Skipper Bridge, Withlacoochee River

Phillip Williams has the answer to the first question about the creek that gushes out of the woods into the Withlacoochee River just downstream of Skipper Bridge Road: “For most of the 1800s, it was called Shanks Mill Creek after James D Shanks, who owned a fair bit of land in the area and had a mill a bit further up the run of the creek. By 1908, it was called Crawford Branch. The Crawford family moved to the area in 1866 and purchased the land from the heirs of James D Shanks.”

[Map: Shanks Mill next to Crawford Branch, in WWALS WLRWT map]
Map: Shanks Mill next to Crawford Branch in the WWALS map of the Withlacoochee and Little River Water Trail.

Phillip has also provided the approximate location of Shanks Mill: “”The deeds suggest somewhere in the WH of LL 99. LD 11. I have been locating it about here based upon the geography.” You can see it on the map above, behind Ziegler’s Auto Body Shop, about where there are dams now on a feeder creek.

How does Phillip know all this? Continue reading