Friday, January 18, 2013

Rocky River

Rocky River heads in southeast Iredell County and flows south along the Mecklenburg-Cabarrus line for a short distance, then across Cabarrus to the Stanly-Cabarrus line for a short distance. Then it flows along the Union-Stanly line with Long Creek flowing into Rocky River between Oakboro and Aquadale. It then flows along the Anson-Stanly line where Richardson Creek runs into it. Richardson Creek Starts in southwest Union County flowing through the city of Monroe then into northwest Anson County where it runs into Rocky River. Also there is Lanes Creek which flows from southern Union County into Anson County then northeast to northwest Anson County where it runs into Rocky River. Rocky River then flows into the Pee Dee River south of Norwood, North Carolina at what is known as "the forks".

Before the bridge across Rocky River was built, the people of the community had to cross the river by way of a ford, sometimes spelled fjord. The ford is where Julius and his family crossed in the mid to late 1800s. The remnants of the ford are still at the bottom of the river and can be seen when the water is low.

Text and photo from The Hills of Rocky River  by  Leonidas C McSwain, Frieda Griggs & Faye Simpson
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