"CATEECHEE — U.S. District Judge G. Ross Anderson Jr. leaned forward in his wheelchair overlooking a dam that has choked Twelve Mile Creek in southwest Pickens County for more than a century.
Anderson pressed a button wired to a foghorn, and with that signal, a jackhammer affixed to the business end of an earthmover fired up Tuesday morning and started an hour-and-half long assault on the cement structure. Over the next 90 days, the dam will be removed entirely and its rubble carried to a landfill nearby.
'I never thought I'd live to see this day,' said Ross, who is 82. 'Now we will get the river back to its natural state.'"