Black Creek swimming hole circa 1950. In the 1940s and 1950s, pollution became a problem at Black Creek, eventually causing the bathing resorts and swimming holes to be closed permanently.

On July 1, 1941, the Black Creek Protection Association was granted its state charter.  Woods Dargan, a native of Darlington, had a deep and abiding love for Black Creek, and, according to the Commission’s archives, he was the driving force behind the organization of the Black Creek Protection Association. This organization’s mandate was “to maintain, through its officers, agents, and members, a perpetual watch over this stream and its surroundings and to prevent all present and future abuses of the same of any kind whatsoever; to restore said Black Creek to its original purity and beauty, to the end that it may always be, as it always was prior to its present pollution, a source of health, pleasure, and sport.”


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