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Anderson Area Attractions



Thank you to the Downtown Anderson, SC website for the following information:

History

Anderson is named for General Robert Anderson, a Revolutionary War hero, who came to South Carolina to assist his good friend, Andrew Pickens, in surveying land that had been given previously to the English Colony by area Native Americans. The City was founded in December 1826 and incorporated by an Act of Legislature in 1833.

The Electric City

Why is Anderson called the "Electric City"? In the late 1800s, Anderson boasted numerous textile mills. Anderson engineer William Whitner produced a way for electricity to be conducted by wires to these mills using hydroelectric power. Anderson was the first city in the United States to have a continuous supply of electric power and the first in the world to create a cotton gin operated by electricity. Mr. Whitner has several places of distinction in Downtown Anderson, including a statue in front of the Anderson County Courthouse and a street named in his honor. Also, at the corner of McDuffie and Whitner Streets, you will find Generator Park. On the grounds of this 10,000 square-foot park stands the century-old generator that was operated by Whitner at the Portman Power Plant.

Location

Downtown Anderson is located in the northwestern corner of South Carolina in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. There are many lakes and rivers nearby, most notably Lake Hartwell. It is located along the South Carolina Heritage Corridor right off Interstate I-85, being about two hours from both Atlanta, Georgia and Charlotte, North Carolina.
  
 
 
Thursday June 29, 2017