Sunday, January 15, 2012

Savannah River Rapids - Augusta, Georgia

Fall Line area
Part of the river lock on the Savannah river was built for three reasons: To establish a standard water level for the Augusta Canal, used for river navigation and to control flooding in the spring months.

The River Walk
For almost a hundred years after the canal was built, the Central Savannah River area still experienced flooding of the river.  It was not until the mid 1930's that  the Federal Works Progress funded and rebuilt the canal system, giving it higher banks, new spillways and straightening most of the canal before arriving to the mill area.

Gate House
The head gates of the canal are still original and functioning to this day from the  ideas of the canal founder and mastermind, Augusta-native Henry Cumming.  The "house" contains the sluice gates, which control the amount of water that enters the canal, and the river lock which allows river navigation from the canal upstream past the rapids.

~Man's Best Friend Leaves lasting Impression~

As the dividing border between Georgia and South Carolina, the river gave a life source to not only the Colonial Americans, but also to the Native Americans which called the Fall Line and the estuary to the Atlantic Ocean.

Augusta Canal
The calm of the canal along with the breeze swinging the spanish moss in trees makes for a great evening walk at the canal's edge.

One of the smaller, but yet many tributaries to the Savannah River.

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