Originally Posted by ss20ts
Oh I agree about our borders! Leave them alone! To me, NC lost their claim. If you've been paying taxes to SC for years or more, then you're in SC. End of story. Not our fault NC fell asleep and doesn't know the border. Going forward, I can see this being corrected, but not with people already there.
It's not a matter of one state or the other not knowing where the border should be.
The precision of previous surveys wasn't at the level it now is, and markers and landmarks used in previous surveys may no longer exist.
At the same time, negotiated adjustments to the current boundary by N.C. and S.C. can help current landowners avoid litigation in the future when trying to sell or sub-divide their property along the state boundary.
As a side note, it was interesting that the Fort Mill Times, in its historical news column, mentioned that their February 12, 1912 issue included a story about Fort Mill residents supporting the idea of ceding the land north of the Catawba River - including Fort Mill - to North Carolina.
Here's a decent article about the border project that appeared in the Fort Mill Times in 2008:
Project aims to smooth out states' jagged border | Fort Mill Times - Fort Mill, SC