Kershaw County Opens Another Paved Road

CAMDEN – Another Kershaw County paved road was opened this week. It leads from Blaney to the Fort Jackson Road, a distance of about five miles. This new road connects with the Fort Jackson Road a few hundred yards this side of the Kershaw Richland County markers. From that point for about three miles it runs close to the Richland County line, gradually leading towards Blaney.

Blaney is now connected with several paved roads and also some good sand-clay roads, and the thriving little town has had many buildings erected there the past few years.

The town of Blaney got its name from a banker, who was instrumental in financing the Seaboard Air Line railroad.

In this connection, the town of Cassatt got its name from Cassatt, who for many years was head of the Pennsylvania Railroad. A statue of Cassatt is in the Pennsylvania Railroad station in New York, just a t the foot of the step leading from the waiting room level to the street level.

The town of McBee got its name from “Bunch” McBee, one of the engineers who helped build the Seaboard. He was a native South Carolinian, and the McBee name is well-known in Greenville.

Many have wondered where the town of Lugoff got its name. There are quite a few Goffs living in Kershaw County, and a Miss Lou Goff is mentioned in the Burdell will.

However the same question was brought up quite a few years ago, and it remained for the late Congressman (Railroad Bill) Stevenson of Cheraw, who was for many years, attorney for the Seaboard, to give the correct answer.

He said it was named after COunt Lugoff, a Russian Count who was also a prominent civil engineer, and he had a lot to do with the engineering problems of building the railroad. The railroad was built in the late Nineties, when only mules and men were available for the work. There were no such things as bull-dozers, drag lines, trucks, gasoline engines, etc., then, and the work was tedious. The older citizens recall that there were many Russian laborers working on the construction, and what became of them, no one can recall.

Bethune was named for Daniel Murdock of Bethune, one of the pioneer men of the Bethune section. The family had been prominent there for many generations.

The Bethune and Cassatt sections are of largely Scottish descent, and there is a Scottish burial ground between Bethune and Cassatt, on the left hand side of the road, just before reaching the Lynches River from Cassatt to Bethune.

Bethune is enjoying a phenomenal growth. A few years ago the large clothing factory was erected and now the Kendal finishing plant will add many new citizens to the thriving little town.

August 3, 1955  Columbia Record (published as The Columbia Record)  
Columbia, South Carolina
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