Pickens County (pop. 119,224) is west of Greenville County. It is one of three Pickens counties in the U.S.
All three were named for Andrew Pickens (1739-1817), a hero of the Revolutionary War.
The county seat is the city of Pickens (pop. 3,126).
Pickens County is best known as the home of Clemson University, located in the city of Clemson (pop. 13,903). Clemson University, founded in 1889, is a public university with about 20,000 students.
The city of Central (pop. 5,159) is not in the center of the state; it was named for its central location on the railroad line between Charlotte and Atlanta.
The city of Easley (pop. 19,993) hosts the annual Big League World Series.
Table Rock State Park is on the edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Baseball great Joseph Jefferson “Shoeless Joe” Jackson (1887-1951) was born in Pickens County. His father was a sharecropper.
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