South Carolina: Pickens County

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 Courthouse

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.

Tillman Hall

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.

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham was born in Central in 1955.

The city of Easley (pop. 19,993) hosts the annual Big League World Series.

For ages 16-18

Table Rock State Park is on the edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Table Rock

Baseball great Joseph Jefferson “Shoeless Joe” Jackson (1887-1951) was born in Pickens County. His father was a sharecropper.

Joe started working in a textile mill at age 6 or 7.


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