Lowest Point in Mecklenburg Co. is Man Made

Update…. after commenter asked bout the gravel pit near 485 and Nations Ford. I cheked it out and it is indeed the lowest spot at 267′.

So like many who read my blog post on the highest point in Mecklenburg Co. I too was interested in the natural next step. What’s the lowest point? Right away I figured like many it would be along Lake Wylie near the state line. This makes sense since Lake Wylie is still part of the Catawba river and it flows down hill towards the Atlantic Ocean. So naturally it should be the lowest point in the county.  Well it is if you want just the “natural” low spot of 528’ above sea level.

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Since I look at maps all the time I knew there was a big pit in NW Charlotte that might be deeper and the lowest spot in Charlotte. Sure enough the old Capps Hill Mine which was founded in 1896 as a gold, silver and copper mine is that pit. It is now the lowest spot in the county after years of mining and its transition to a gravel pit or aggregate mine. It’s now the home to Martin Marietta Aggregates.

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This is the lowest point in the county according to the topographic mapping. It might be even lower now since they are still digging there. I might call the company and find out the exact measurement. So now you know. Smile

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  • Great follow up!

  • What about the pit by 485 & Nations Ford Rd? Google Earth has 267ft.

    • wxbrad

      Yeah you are correct just check the LIDAR data too and it is the lower spot. Thanks Charles.

  • diggin it!

  • Charles Berry

    ” It is now the lowest spot in the country after years of mining”. Really?? I always thought Death Valley was the lowest spot in the country. I really need to relearn my geography.

    • sskyking

      He said “County” not “Country”.

      • justsayin

        Actually, he did say country in the article, which I am sure is a typo because some of the lowest spots in the country has to be Louisiana with areas below sea level, including New Orleans.

        • Actually it’s Death Vally, CA

          • wxbrad

            It says county, I don’t see any typos with country in it. Please point it out if you could.

          • beccasmurf

            “Since I look at maps all the time I knew there was a big pit in NW Charlotte that might be deeper and the lowest spot in Charlotte. Sure enough the old Capps Hill Mine which was founded in 1896 as a gold, silver and copper mine is that pit. It is now the lowest spot in the country after years of mining and its transition to a gravel pit or aggregate mine. It’s now the home to Martin Marietta Aggregates.”
            2nd to last sentence…

  • Phantasmagorious

    I dunno, the lowest point lately has been City Council meetings.

  • Angry_Bird_2

    I thought Eastland Mall was a bottomless pit!

  • Bob Smith

    Brad,

    The Martin Marietta pit in Matthews registers a spot in a puddle their that is 451′ above sea level. Can we confirm this as a new lowest point?

  • I read somewhere that the height for Mt. Everest was estimated back in 1800’s at just 27 feet shy of being dead on. They did it using basic trigonometry.
    Today we just hop in the SUV with our Garmin roll up to the suspect spot and tap the alt screen. Thumbs up or Thumbs down.
    Math gives up the knowledge and the right to claim a record, while it may seem silly at first it is the basis of everything else.
    Of couse if I’m wrong about Everest then opps never mind.

    • JC

      Mount Everest reaches a higher elevation above sea level, but the summit of Chimborazo is farthest point on the surface from Earth’s center. Due to the oblate spheroid shape of the planet Earth which is “thicker” around the Equator than measured around the poles, Chiborazo is also 1.5 miles closer to space than Everest.

      (Before anyone comments, look up the measurements.)

  • This is very interesting to me. I would like to know where is the Highest Point in Mecklenburg County?