A Brief History of Easley

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Easley has a rare combination of a quaint Main Street and a thriving industrial presence. The city was a series of small farms and open land until residents convinced officials to make the area a stop along the Atlanta and Richmond Air-Line Railroad after the Civil War. Access to the railroad and the popularity of cotton spurred an era of rapid growth and expansion, culminating in the dominance of the textile industry throughout most of the twentieth century. While cotton drove textiles in the area, advances in agriculture and manufacturing brought dozens of companies, placing Easley at the center of the state's biggest industrial area. Author Chad Stewart details the history of a city that moved from sleepy train stop to vibrant South Carolina city.
ISBN: 9781467119337
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: South Carolina
Series: Brief History
Images: 107
Pages: 160
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Chad Stewart is a seventh-generation native of the Easley, South Carolina area. He is a graduate of Easley High School and Anderson University, and he is currently working toward a master's degree in history at Clemson University. He was one of the founders of Easley Area Museum, where he serves on the board of directors. He also serves as commissioner for the Pendleton District Historical, Recreational and Tourism Commission. He is employed with the school district of Pickens County and is a frequent contributor to local publications on topics related to Easley-area history.
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