Fast-growing Greenville County (pop. 451,225) is the most populous county in South Carolina. In 1960, the population was 209,776.
The county seat is Greenville (pop. 60,709), located on Interstate 85 about halfway between Charlotte and Atlanta.
Greenville was once known as “The Textile Capital of the World.” Today, it is the home of the International Center for Automotive Research.
Greenville is also the home of Bob Jones University, a Protestant university with about 4,000 students, and Furman University, a private liberal arts university with about 3,000 students.
Falls Park on the Reedy was built on the site of a former textile mill in Greenville.
The Greenville Drive of the Class-A South Atlantic League play at Fluor Field at the West End (2006).
NBA basketball player Kevin Garnett was born in Greenville in 1976, and civil rights leader Jesse Jackson was born in Greenville in 1941.
In City View (pop. 1,254), adjacent to Greenville, the former Monaghan Mill (1902) was converted to loft apartments in 2006.
Paris Mountain State Park is north of Greenville.
Campbell’s Covered Bridge, built in 1909, is near the town of Gowensville. It is the state’s last remaining covered bridge.
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