South Carolina: Greenville County

Fast-growing Greenville County (pop. 451,225) is the most populous county in South Carolina. In 1960, the population was 209,776.

Downtown Greenville

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.

Associated with Clemson University

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.

The Bell Tower at Furman University

Falls Park on the Reedy was built on the site of a former textile mill in Greenville.

Pedestrian bridge over the Reedy River

The Greenville Drive of the Class-A South Atlantic League play at Fluor Field at the West End (2006).

Affiliate of the Boston Red Sox

NBA basketball player Kevin Garnett was born in Greenville in 1976, and civil rights leader Jesse Jackson was born in Greenville in 1941.

Class president at segregated Sterling High School

In City View (pop. 1,254), adjacent to Greenville, the former Monaghan Mill (1902) was converted to loft apartments in 2006.

The mill closed in 2001.

Paris Mountain State Park is north of Greenville.

Lake Placid has swimming and fishing.

Campbell’s Covered Bridge, built in 1909, is near the town of Gowensville. It is the state’s last remaining covered bridge.

Closed to traffic since the 1980s

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