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PIT Project at Scull Shoals

The US Forest Service recently organized a Passport In Time (PIT) project at Scull Shoals Historic Mill Village.  Eight volunteers from Idaho, Ohio and Georgia joined the Forest Archaeologist and District Archaeologist for a fun week of hard work and unanticipated discoveries. We removed the chain-link fence and associated vegetation from around the raceway bridge, cleared the bridge of its vegetation and accumulated soil, and conducted test excavations at the north and south ends of the bridge.

In removing the fence, we found that the SW corner post had been planted directly on top of a hitherto unknown subsurface brick wall. Additional shovel- & trowel-work determined that this wall extends outward from the bridge itself, and then turns south. This wall is mirrored on the opposite side, suggesting a landing area between the bridge and the factory building directly south of the bridge. Additional discoveries include massive granite blocks just southeast of the bridge, likely portions of the foot print of the factory building containing what is now known as the 'powerhouse ruins'. A granite block NE of the bridge may tie into the factory building/s as well. Artifacts recovered from the test units include lamp glass, shell-edge & transfer-print ceramic fragments, cut nails, unidentifiable (so far) rusty bits of iron, brass staples, and a brass Carhartt button.

PIT workers also dug up the old numbered interpretive posts & removed the rotted members from the wooden fences around the warehouse & Two Chimneys House. Two weeks before, smokejumpers felled several dead trees in the vicinity of the warehouse, bridge, & Two Chimneys House.


These first two photos show the bridge as it's being cleaned.

Scull Shoals bridge cleaning
Scull Shoals bridge cleaning


The photo below depicts how you can now see the powerhouse from the other side of the bridge

Scull Shoals view of powerhouse


The PIT Team

PIT Team


These two photos depict our discovery of wall tops at the south end of the bridge, between it and the powerhouse

Scull Shoals discovery of wall tops
Scull Shoals discovery of wall tops

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