Aerial Photo From 1983
(Photos Uploaded By Alan Cutts)
Today’s photo is a unique picture of someone parachuting into the Clemson area that catches some great views of Death Valley and the surrounding area.
We can pin the date of this picture from a couple of clues. First, you can notice that the “Clemson” and the “Tigers” are not painted in the South and North Upper Decks. If memory serves me correctly, that paint job was done prior to the 1984 season.
The second clue is the lack of trees in a couple of places. First, you will see that there are no trees lining the median under the North Upper Deck. This suggests that the North Upper Deck was recently completed. Trees were planted in that median shortly after the completion of the North Upper Deck, and those trees are now very large and provide a tremendous amount of shade under the North Upper Deck.
The other clue of note is the lack of trees in Lot 5 behind the West Endzone. As you can see from these pictures, there are no trees at all in Lot 5. Today, almost 20 trees are scattered in Lot 5 to provide shade for the parking lot.
The Oconee Airport that sits right across the lake at Clemson has a skydiving business that departs from the airport. On weekends in the summer, those that are on the lake in Clemson can often see these parachutes falling from the sky.
What I don’t know from this picture is whether or not the photographer was trying to get shots of Clemson or if he was trying to get shots of the skydiver!
(Note: If you have old pictures dating before 1990 that are Clemson related and you would like to share them, send them to me in an email with as much information about the picture as you can give and I will use it for a future “Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day”).
Scott Rhymer can be reached at Scottrhymer.firstname.lastname@example.org