Elgin (WLTX) -– One hundred years of history was compressed to the strokes of a paintbrush as Elgin celebrated its centennial this year with a mural of the town on its oldest building.
“I was hauling cotton from the cotton gin and she would come by and that's how I met her there,” said longtime Elgin resident Roger Ross.
Roger and his wife, Gayle, say they will always be reminded of their beginning. Their family owned the building on Main Street that will house the town's new mural.
The Kershaw County Clean Communities Commission chose the building because it's a building that they say will be there forever.
The group got a grant from Palmetto Pride to sponsor the mural for Elgin's Centennial.
A hundred years and two names later, the oldest building in Elgin shows off the newest piece of history.
“This building was built by my aunt and uncle in 1928, it was a grocery story then,” said Gayle.
The building has housed everything from a truck company to the La Costena Mexican Restaurant.
Though the building has remained the same, the businesses have changed, just like the industry of what was once Blaney and is now Elgin.
The mural shows a cotton field, cotton gin, train and depot and a water tower. All those symbols of the past helped shape the town into what it is today.
Colt Shirley, owner of Signs by Colt, and his father, Brent, have been working on the mural for almost a month.
“The hard part is getting everything proportioned and we're still working on it. The more you look at it, the more you want to add something different,” said Shirley.
He expects the mural to be done by the end of the town’s centennial festivities in April.
The centennial events kicked off in January with an opening ceremony and an “Elgin Idol” contest. The “Roaring into the Future” celebration will continue through April.
On Saturday, February 23, veterans will be honored at a tribute ceremony put on by the VFW and the American Legion. It’s at 10 a.m. at the Blaney Church Fellowship Hall.
The Saturday before Easter, March 22, kids can participate in an Easter Egg Hunt at Blaney Elementary School. The day will end with a choir concert at 4 p.m.
Finally, the events come to an end on April 19 with a parade down Main Street at 10 a.m. and a closing ceremony at 5 p.m.
Centennial Committee Chairwoman Shirley Miles says they’ve been selling bricks and other town memorabilia to purchase a new town clock. It will be placed in front of the new town hall when it’s built. New signs will also adorn the entrances into Elgin.
An Elgin history museum is also in the works. It will temporarily be housed in a building on Greenhill Road. It’ll chronicle Blaney and Elgin’s history.