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J Strom Thurmond Lake, South Carolina


South Carolina McCormick County J. Strom Thurmond Lake


As the first US Army Corps of Engineers projects to be built in the Savannah River Basin, the J Strom Thurmond Lake and Dam were constructed from 1946 to 1954. Originally, the project was to be called Clarks Hill Dam after the town of Clarks Hill. An office error recorded in the Congressional Authorization omitted the "s" at the end of Clarks, and the project became Clark Hill Dam. Upon official expansion of the lake's purposes, the rightful name Clarks Hill Dam was recorded.

Residents wanting to honor their local favorite son, James Strom Thurmond, petitioned Congress and in 1987 the dam, reservoir, and highway atop the dam were renamed as the J Strom Thurmond Dam, Reservoir, and Highway. (Information obtained from the US Army Corps of Engineers.)

J Strom Thurmond Lake lays on the border of South Carolina and Georgia, flowing in McCormick County and Abbeville County. Here is a map of the McCormick area.

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