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Named by an early settler's wife as she gazed at the lush surroundings of her summer home, Greenwood was incorporated on December 21, 1857. Growing from a fledgling village into a town that at one time boasted "the widest Main Street in the world," the city grew due to two industries: the railroad and textiles. Railroad companies such as Piedmont & Northern and Seaboard built their way through Greenwood, while textile tycoons such as James C. Self and John Pope Abney worked hard to increase productivity and job opportunities. Soon, education, businesses, and community services followed suit. Greenwood was booming, making the small town a place of educational advancement, great entrepreneurial spirit, and community-minded individuals.
ISBN: 9781467112925
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: South Carolina
Series: Images of America
Images: 203
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Stacey Thompson and Bethany Wade of the Museum and Railroad Historical Center, along with museum volunteers, have compiled this collection of historical photographs and postcards from the museum's own archives and materials generously contributed by members of the community. As part of the Museum and Railroad Historical Center's mission of “Saving, Sharing, and Celebrating Greenwood's History,” Images of America: Greenwood contains both familiar and previously unknown stories of the people, places, and events that have made Greenwood the beautiful city it is today.
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