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Kershaw, South Carolina

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Kershaw is located in southern Lancaster County. In 1825, according to legend, Benjamin Haile noticed gold flecks in the creek mud he was using to chink his log cabin and that was the beginning of gold mining in South Carolina.

It is now known that a geologic band of Precambrian and Cambrian volcanic rock runs right through South Carolina from Virginia to eastern Alabama. Shortly after Haile started his mining operation, more gold mines became active in Chesterfield, Fairfield, York, Spartanburg, and Edgefield counties.

Over the years, productivity of gold mines has fluctuated with gold prices, advances in mining technology, and with times of war and peace. During the 1890s, and again in the 1980s, the Haile Mine, just outside of Kershaw, was one of the most productive gold mines in the country.

Lancaster is the largest city near Kershaw. Here is a map of the Lancaster area.

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