Changes in Little River

The Little River, South Carolina, waterfront, May 7, 2009.

The Little River, South Carolina, waterfront, May 7, 2009.

I lived in Little River, South Carolina, from November, 1997 until  November, 2000. Most of the time while I lived there Little River could best (charitably) be described as a quiet fishing village.  There were fishing boats moored along the waterfront, along with a very few pleasure craft.  The buildings along the waterfront contained a couple of restaurants (definitely blue collar) and seafood markets that sold the catches brought in by the boats.

The picture above was taken last week while we were on vacation.  The two boats in the foreground are charter fishing boats which will take fishermen out to sea for a day or half-day of fishing.  But what is that large boat in the background?

A casino boat docked at Little River.  May 7, 2007.

A casino boat docked at Little River. May 7, 2007.

Casino boats came to Little River  in 1999.  At first there was only one, but now there are two.  While this second picture isn’t from a very good angle, it does give some indication of the size of one of the casino boats.  This particular boat holds up to 600 passengers and makes two cruises daily.

So what changes have been brought to Little River?  There are definitely more people around than there used to be.  Many of the seafood markets have been replaced by bars or parking lots.  Little River now has a traffic problem.  Does that qualify as progress?

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12 Responses to “Changes in Little River”

  1. Fishing Guy Says:

    George: Sometimes you pay for advancement in strange ways. I’m sure the people who go out on the boat think it is an improvement.

  2. Ruth Hiebert Says:

    I think I like the first place you described,it sounds more peaceful and relaxed.Have a great day.
    Blessings,Ruth

  3. Susie Says:

    I always love to go to the pier to watch the fishing boats come in. Love seeing all the different kinds of fish.

  4. Busy bee suz Says:

    Progress is not always a good thing.

  5. karin Says:

    Sometimes changes don’t improve anything – sad to see this kind of progress!

  6. Mary Says:

    Progress never seems like something that I desire once I see it. Some day we need to stop paving over the world and start enjoying the beauty and simplicity that is there under all of that concrete. We flock to beautiful places and then spoil them. No common sense in man.

  7. imac Says:

    Great shots George, guess thats what they call progress? but at my age one wonders is it?

  8. Tarolino, Finland Says:

    I guess it rather depends on what viewpoint one has. It’s certainly development but as we all know cancer can develop too and that is not a particularly good thing. Progress … progressively worse, progressively better. I sort of would go for progressively worse. A kind epitaph to the sickness in the world today – GREED! I want it all and I want it now -mentality.
    Still great photographic documentation. Would have loved to see the old village through your camera lense too but progress is a one way road and there is no way back.

  9. Mildred Says:

    Good Afternoon George, That is not progress in my book! The pictures are beautiful though. Sounds like you two had a wonderful trip and I always enjoy your sharing with us. Have a great night!

  10. Tina Says:

    I’m not sure I would be happy to see those casino boats..if I were a long time resident of this area. I know they spell jobs and $$ for someone but I’m old fashion and like some things to stay the same..specifically boats that float are for fishing or family fun and not for gambling !

  11. theArthurClan Says:

    I definitely like your description of how that place used to be much better than the new description. That’s kind of sad. 😦

  12. Indrani Says:

    So much for entertainment! 😦
    Unfortunate really. We see it happening over here too.
    Jungles are being encroached little by little.

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