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This is the historical great falls of the Catawba River in Chester County, SC. In 1907 the river was diverted for hydro production to power cotton mills, and these rocks have been exposed as a "dry bed" ever since. In 2007 with Duke Energy's hydro relicensing process, Duke agreed to once again pass water through the dam over these rocks for whitewater paddling. The town of Great Falls, which has lost all three of its cotton mills, is economically depressed and hopes that outdoor recreation will some day be a boon to its economy.