South Carolina: Lexington County

Lexington County (pop. 262,391), west of Richland County, is officially part of the Columbia Metropolitan Statistical Area. It’s the state’s sixth-largest county in population.

Lake Murray is a reservoir on the Saluda River that was formed by construction of Saluda Dam in 1930. The dam was the world’s largest earthen dam when it was built.

South Carolina Highway 6 goes over the dam, connecting the cities of Lexington and Irmo. The cities’ respective high schools play an annual football game called “The Battle of the Dam.”

The road is closed once a year for walkers.

Lexington (pop. 17,870) is the county seat.

The Peachtree Rock Historic Preserve is near the town of Gaston (pop. 1,645).

A sandstone formation like an upside-down pyramid


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