Blacksburg, South Carolina
Blacksburg is a small town in Cherokee County, South Carolina, United States. The population was 1,848 at the 2010 census; the communities of Cherokee Falls, Kings Creek, Cashion Crossroads and Mount Paran are located near the town. Blacksburg is in Upstate South Carolina on the Interstate 85 corridor about 45 mi southwest of Charlotte, North Carolina, it is part of the Greenville-Spartanburg-Anderson Combined Statistical Area which has a population of 1,173,433 according to 2004 estimates by the U. S. Census Bureau. Located near the northern border of the state, the present-day site of Blacksburg was first settled by a man named Stark. Mr. Stark, who had lived in Charleston, South Carolina prior to moving to the area, had gotten several people to come along with him on an agriculture venture, but this venture would fail; those who stayed behind named the area "Stark's Folly". In the late 19th century the Black family, headed by John G. Black, a Confederate veteran, was living in the area and persuaded the C.
C. & C. Railroad Company to build a depot; the town soon became known as "Black's Station" in honor of John G. Black and was renamed "Blacksburg" in 1888. Major John F. Jones of Massachusetts came to live in Blacksburg when hired as superintendent of the C. C. & C. Railroad, he donated his own money to build a school and several other buildings in Blacksburg. He lived in Blacksburg until 1922, when he was appointed the South Carolina Internal Revenue Collector by the President of the United States. In the 1890s large amounts of iron ore were found in the area, many people hoping to make a fortune from mining it flocked to the town. Blacksburg became a boom town, hotels and saloons were built for the new visitors; the town went by the name "Iron City" for a short time. Because of the "iron rush" the town became quite wealthy, it installed the first electric street lights in Upstate South Carolina and in the entire state. The city was incorporated in 1888 as "Blacksburg" but still holds the nickname of "Iron City".
The Kings Mountain State Park Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2008. Blacksburg is located in northeastern Cherokee County at 35°7′14″N 81°30′59″W, it is 4 miles south of the North Carolina border. According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.87 square miles, all land. Whitaker Mountain is in the northern corner of the town, with a summit elevation outside the town limits of 1,169 ft. Interstate 85 runs northwest of the town, with access from Exits 100 and 102. There is a South Carolina Welcome Center at milemarker 103. US 29 is a two-lane highway that serves as the main street, it leads northeast 6 miles to Grover, North Carolina. South Carolina Highway 5 is a four-lane road. SC 5 North ends at the south end of the bridge over I-85 at exit 102, 2 miles north of the center of town. SC 5 South leads southeast 19 miles to York and 34 miles to Rock Hill. South Carolina Highway 198 is a four-lane road that begins at the north end of the bridge over I-85 at exit 102 and leads north 14 miles to Shelby, North Carolina.
Mayor: Mike Patterson Town Council members: Dennis Stroupe Christy Gibson Darren Janesky S. L. Ford Town Administrator: Charlene Carter The Ed Brown Championship Rodeo attracts an estimated 22,000 people to the town on the first Friday and Saturday of August each year. In the past, the town had "Rodeo Days" Festival with several events including, a parade, car show, street dance; the rodeo, started in 1968, features bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, calf roping, steer wrestling, ladies barrel racing, bull riding and other events. The Blacksburg High School Marching Band has won the Class A state championship four times in the 21st century: 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005; the Blacksburg High School football team won the state football championship in 1976 Historic Downtown Blacksburg is home to the Upstate's first Contemporary Dance and Theatre training school, Carolina Modern Arts Collective. Kings Mountain National Military Park and State Park, commemorating a battle of the Revolutionary War, are located about 8 miles northeast of the town.
The famous Peachoid, a 1,000,000 US gal water tank shaped like a peach, is located 10 miles west of the town, in Gaffney. Iron City Ministries, a non-profit organization which helps people in Cherokee County with needs such as food and clothing, holds an annual fund raising event; the Iron City Festival was held for the first time in 2006. The festival commemorates the founding of the town and is sponsored by the Blacksburg Business Association, Inc. Iron City Festival is held the third weekend in April; the anniversary of the Battle of Kings Mountain is held annually on October 7-8th at the Kings Mountain National Military Park and honors those who fell at the Battle of Kings Mountain during the Revolutionary War. The Cherokee Chronicle, a newspaper serving Cherokee County, is published Thursdays; the Gaffney Ledger, a newspaper of the city of Gaffney located 10 mi southwest of Blacksburg, is published Monday and Friday. There are four public schools: Blacksburg Primary School, Blacksburg Elementary School, Blacksburg Middle School, Blacksburg High School.
As of the census of 2000, there were 1,880 people, 785 households, 503 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,018.8 people per square mile. There were 911 housing units at an
Buncombe County, North Carolina
Buncombe County is a county located in the U. S. state of North Carolina. As of the 2010 census, the population was 238,318, its county seat is Asheville. Buncombe County is part of NC Metropolitan Statistical Area. Buncombe County was organized in the home of Col. William Davidson, a cousin of William Lee Davidson and the county's first state senator; the county was formed in 1791 from parts of Rutherford County. It was named for Edward Buncombe, a colonel in the American Revolutionary War, captured at the Battle of Germantown; the large county extended to the Tennessee line. Many of the settlers were Baptists, in 1807 the pastors of six churches including the revivalist Sion Blythe formed the French Broad Association of Baptist churches in the area. In 1808 the western part of Buncombe County became Haywood County. In 1833 parts of Burke County and Buncombe County were combined to form Yancey County, in 1838 the southern part of what was left of Buncombe County became Henderson County. In 1851 parts of Buncombe County and Yancey County were combined to form Madison County.
In 1925 the Broad River township of McDowell County was transferred to Buncombe County. In 1820, a U. S. Congressman, whose district included Buncombe County, unintentionally contributed a word to the English language. In the Sixteenth Congress, after lengthy debate on the Missouri Compromise, members of the House called for an immediate vote on that important question. Instead, Felix Walker rose to address his colleagues, insisting that his constituents expected him to make a speech "for Buncombe." It was remarked that Walker's untimely and irrelevant oration was not just for Buncombe—it "was Buncombe." Thus, afterwards spelled bunkum and shortened to bunk, became a term for empty, nonsensical talk. This, in turn, is the etymology of the verb debunk. According to the U. S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 660 square miles, of which 657 square miles is land and 3.5 square miles is water. The French Broad River enters the county at its border with Henderson County to the south and flows north into Madison County.
The source of the Swannanoa River, which joins the French Broad River in Asheville, is in northeast Buncombe County near Mount Mitchell. A milestone was achieved in 2003 when Interstate 26 was extended from Mars Hill to Johnson City, completing a 20-year, half-billion dollar construction project through the Blue Ridge Mountains. Blue Ridge Parkway Pisgah National Forest As of the census of 2000, there were 206,330 people, 85,776 households, 55,668 families residing in the county; the population density was 314 people per square mile. There were 93,973 housing units at an average density of 143 per square mile; the racial makeup of the county was 89.06% White, 7.48% Black or African American, 0.39% Native American, 0.66% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 1.15% from other races, 1.23% from two or more races. 2.78% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. There were 85,776 households out of which 27.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.50% were married couples living together, 10.80% had a female householder with no husband present, 35.10% were non-families.
Of all households 28.90% were made up of individuals and 10.60% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.33 and the average family size was 2.86. In the county, the population was spread out with 21.90% under the age of 18, 8.60% from 18 to 24, 29.30% from 25 to 44, 24.80% from 45 to 64, 15.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 92.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.90 males. The median income for a household in the county was $36,666, the median income for a family was $45,011. Males had a median income of $30,705 versus $23,870 for females; the per capita income for the county was $20,384. About 7.80% of families and 11.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.30% of those under age 18 and 9.80% of those age 65 or over. Buncombe County is a member of the Land-of-Sky Regional Council of governments. Buncombe County has a council/manager form of government.
The 2014 election voted in the current commissioners: Brownie Newman, Mike Fryar, Ellen Frost, Joe Belcher, Miranda DeBruhl, Holly Jones, chair David Gantt. The county manager is Wanda Greene; the North Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention operates the Swannanoa Valley Youth Development Center in Swannanoa for delinquent boys, including those without sufficient English fluency. It opened in 1961. In the North Carolina Senate, Terry Van Duyn and Chuck Edwards both represent parts of Buncombe County. Van Duyn represents most of the city of Asheville. Edwards represents a small portion of the southern part of Asheville. In the North Carolina House of Representatives, Susan Fisher, John Ager, Brian Turner all represent parts of the county. All three of them represent parts of the city. Buncombe had long been a bellwether county in presidential elections having voted for the winning candidate in every election from 1928 to 2012, except for that of 1960. Since 2008, the county has trended toward the Democratic Party.
It swung from a 0.6 point win for George W. Bush to a 14-point win for Barack Obama, has gone Democratic by double-digit margins at every election since then; this includes 2016, when it voted for Hillary Clinton despite Donald Trump's upset in winning the electoral college but
U.S. Route 64 in North Carolina
U. S. Route 64 is the longest numbered route in the U. S. state of North Carolina, running 604 miles from the Tennessee state line to the Outer Banks. The route passes through the westernmost municipality in the state and one of the most easternmost municipalities, making US 64 a symbolic representation of the phrase "from Murphy to Manteo", used to refer to the expanse of the state; the highway is a major east-west route through the eastern portion of the state. US 64 enters North Carolina in west of Murphy; the highway serves the cities of Hendersonville, Rutherfordton, Lenoir, Lexington, Siler City, Rocky Mount, Tarboro and Manteo. The segment from Franklin to Highlands is a mountainous two-lane road limited to moderate-sized trucks. Large trucks are routed via Truck US 64 to Sylva, Asheville; the route passes through Hendersonville, Chimney Rock State Park, Forest City before turning in a more northerly direction towards Morganton, where it crosses I-40 for the first time. The route goes more north into the city of Lenoir where it crosses US 321 which has traffic backed up.
Leaving Lenoir, heading east towards Statesville, it crosses I-40 for a second time. After crossing I-40 again in Mocksville, U. S. 64 makes a southerly bypass of the Piedmont Triad region. U. S. 64 is the primary east-west route through Randolph County and Chatham County, connecting the cities of Asheboro, Siler City and Pittsboro. In Pittsboro, the route divides, a newer bypass route follows a freeway north of the city while the older Business U. S. 64 goes through the center of the city along city streets. After Pittsboro, U. S. 64 crosses Jordan Lake in the community of Wilsonville before entering Wake County. In Wake County, a divided expressway carries U. S. 64 through Apex and Cary, with a mixture of grade-separated interchanges and at-grade intersections along this segment. In Cary, U. S. 64 joins U. S. 1 forming the traveled U. S. 1-64 freeway which connects Cary and southwestern Wake County to Raleigh, the I-440 Beltline and I-40. Within the Raleigh city limits US 64 follows I-40. In 2006 a major section known as the Knightdale Bypass opened to ease traffic.
After it was completed, US 64 became a continuous freeway as far east as Williamston, going through the communities of Nashville, Rocky Mount, Tarboro. Paralleling this freeway segment, older alignments of US 64, following country roads and city streets, are known variously as Alternate US 64 and Business U. S. 64. In Williamston, after forming a concurrency with both US 13 and US 17, it follows an exit ramp to become a four-lane undivided boulevard from Williamston to Plymouth. Between Plymouth and Columbia, the route is once again a freeway. From Columbia to its eastern junction with US 264 it is a two lane undivided highway through the swamps of Tyrrell County; the route splits in Manns Harbor as Bypass US 64 uses the newer and wider Virginia Dare Memorial Bridge to cross Croatan Sound, bypassing Manteo to the south. The mainline route follows the older, narrower William B. Umstead Bridge and goes through the community of Manteo before rejoining the bypass route to access a series of bridges and causeways that connect Roanoke Island to Bodie Island on the Outer Banks.
US 64 terminates at Whalebone Junction, a location in Nags Head that forms the three-way confluence of US 64, US 158 and NC 12. US 64 make up part of Corridor A in the Appalachian Development Highway System. Corridor A connects I-285, in Sandy Springs, Georgia, to I-40, near Clyde, it overlaps 35 miles of US 64, between Hayesville and Franklin. ADHS provides additional funds, as authorized by the U. S. Congress, which have enabled US 64 to benefit from the successive improvements along its routing through the corridor; the white-on-blue banner "Appalachian Highway" is used to mark the ADHS corridor. Between Raleigh and Williamston, US 64 is either or scheduled to be, upgraded to interstate status. I-87 is signed from I-440 to Rolesville Road along the Knightdale Bypass, with "Future I-87" signed along the US 64 to I-95, near Rocky Mount. Extending towards Williamston and beyond along US 17, the route is scheduled to become part of I-87, which will connect the Research Triangle region with the Hampton Roads region.
US 64 overlaps with four state scenic byways: the Waterfall Byway, between Murphy and Rosman, Black Mountain Rag, centered at Bat Cave, Alligator River Route, between Columbia and Roanoke Island, Roanoke Voyages Corridor, located on Roanoke Island. US 64 was established in 1932, joining NC 28 from the Tennessee state line to Old Fort, US 70/NC 10 between Old Fort and Statesville, NC 90 between Statesville and Fort Landing. In late 1934, NC 28, NC 10, NC 90 were dropped along the route. In 1937 or 1938, US 64 was rerouted east of nearBrasstown. In 1939 or 1940, US 64 was placed on new routing east of Hayesville. Between 1939-1944, US 64/US 70 was removed in Icard. In 1941, US 64 was placed on new bypass south of Franklinville. Around 1942, US 64 was placed on new routing east of Hayesville to NC 175. Between 1945-1949: US 64 is placed on its modern alignment from the Tennessee state line to Murphy. US 64 was removed from Old Quebec Road, ne
A river mouth is the part of a river where the river debouches into another river, a lake, a reservoir, a sea, or an ocean. The water from a river can enter the receiving body in a variety of different ways; the motion of a river is influenced by the relative density of the river compared to the receiving water, the rotation of the earth, any ambient motion in the receiving water, such as tides or seiches. If the river water has a higher density than the surface of the receiving water, the river water will plunge below the surface; the river water will either form an underflow or an interflow within the lake. However, if the river water is lighter than the receiving water, as is the case when fresh river water flows into the sea, the river water will float along the surface of the receiving water as an overflow. Alongside these advective transports, inflowing water will diffuse. At the mouth of a river, the change in flow condition can cause the river to drop any sediment it is carrying; this sediment deposition can generate a variety of landforms, such as deltas, sand bars and tie channels.
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Richland County, South Carolina
Richland County is located in the U. S. state of South Carolina. As of the 2016 census estimate, the population was 409,549, making it the second-most populous county in South Carolina, behind only Greenville County; the county seat and largest city is the state capital. The county was founded in 1785. Richland County is part of SC Metropolitan Statistical Area. In 2010, the center of population of South Carolina was located in Richland County, in the city of Columbia. Richland County was named for its "rich land." The county was formed in 1785 as part of the large Camden District. A small part of Richland went to adjacent Kershaw County in 1791; the county seat and largest city is Columbia, the state capital. In 1786 the state legislature decided to move the capital from Charleston to a more central location. A site was chosen in Richland County, in the geographic center of the state, a new town was laid out. Richland County's boundaries were formally incorporated on Dec. 18, 1799. Cotton from the surrounding plantations was shipped through Columbia and manufactured into textiles there.
General William T. Sherman captured Columbia during the Civil War, his troops burned the town and parts of the county on February 17, 1865; the U. S. Army returned on more friendly terms in 1917, when Fort Jackson was established, now the largest and most active Initial Entry Training Center in the U. S. Army; the South Carolina State House is located in downtown Columbia. According to the U. S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 772 square miles, of which 757 square miles is land and 15 square miles is water. Richland County is situated in the center of South Carolina. Broad River Congaree River Lake Murray Little River Saluda River Wateree River Kershaw County - northeast Fairfield County - north Sumter County - east Lexington County - west Calhoun County - south Newberry County - northwest Congaree National Park Fort Jackson As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 384,504 people, 145,194 households, 89,357 families residing in the county; the population density was 507.9 inhabitants per square mile.
There were 161,725 housing units at an average density of 213.6 per square mile. The racial makeup of the county was 47.3% white, 45.9% black or African American, 2.2% Asian, 0.3% American Indian, 0.1% Pacific islander, 1.9% from other races, 2.2% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 4.8% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 9.6% were German, 8.6% were English, 7.6% were Irish, 7.1% were American. Of the 145,194 households, 32.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.6% were married couples living together, 17.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 38.5% were non-families, 30.2% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 3.05. The median age was 32.6 years. The median income for a household in the county was $47,922 and the median income for a family was $61,622. Males had a median income of $42,453 versus $34,012 for females; the per capita income for the county was $25,805.
About 10.0% of families and 14.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.6% of those under age 18 and 9.7% of those age 65 or over. Richland County is governed by a County Council. Richland County is governed under the Council-Administrator form of government, similar to the Council-Manager form of government; the major difference between the Council Manager and Council Administrator forms of government is the title of the chief executive, being Manager in one and Administrator in the other. In March 2008, the Richland County Sheriff's Department acquired an armored personnel carrier equipped with a.50 caliber machine gun. This acquisition was criticized by Reason magazine as "overkill"; the South Carolina Department of Corrections, headquartered in Columbia and in Richland County, operates several correctional facilities in Columbia and in Richland County. They include the Broad River Correctional Institution, the Goodman Correctional Institution, the Camille Griffin Graham Correctional Institution, the Stevenson Correctional Institution, the Campbell Pre-Release Center.
Graham houses the state's female death row. The State of South Carolina execution chamber is located at Broad River. From 1990 to 1997 Broad River housed the state's male death row. Public transportation in Richland County is provided by the Central Midlands Regional Transit Authority. Congaree National Park Lake Murray Riverbanks Zoo South Carolina State Fair Sesquicentennial State Park South Carolina State Museum Martin Luther King Park Richland County Public Library Richland County is one of few counties across the country used as filming location for the A&E reality documentary series Live PD, in collaboration with the Richland County Sheriff's Department. Cayce Columbia Forest Acres Arcadia Lakes Blythewood Eastover Irmo Dentsville Gadsden Hopkins St. Andrews Woodfield Dutch Fork Fort Jackson Intown Lower Richland Northeast Richland Upper Richland Birch County, South Carolina, a proposed county that would include existing portions of Richland County National Register of Historic Places listings in Richland County, South Carolina Official Website
Black Mountain, North Carolina
Black Mountain is a town in Buncombe County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 7,848 at the 2010 census, it is part of the Asheville Metropolitan Statistical Area. The town is named for the old train stop at the Black Mountain Depot and is located at the southern end of the Black Mountain range of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the Southern Appalachians. Black Mountain in its present form was incorporated in 1893; the first recorded inhabitants of the area were the Cherokee. A road was built through the area in 1850 and a railroad followed in 1879; the Black Mountain College Historic District, Black Mountain Downtown Historic District, Blue Ridge Assembly Historic District, Dougherty Heights Historic District, Rafael Guastavino, Sr. Estate, Monte Vista Hotel, South Montreat Road Historic District, Thomas Chapel A. M. E. Zion Church are listed on the National Register of Historic Places; the downtown area has many eclectic shops, attracting seasonal tourism, a main staple of the local economy.
There are many quaint bed and breakfasts. The town is near several Christian retreat areas including Ridgecrest and Montreat Conference Center. Black Mountain College was located within the town limits, but the Black Mountain College Museum and Arts Center, dedicated to the experimental educational institution's history, is now located in downtown Asheville. Black Mountain is the site of the Swannanoa Valley Museum; the Black Mountain Center for the Arts is located down the street from the museum. In 2002 the community raised 1.2 million dollars to buy the old Town Hall and convert it into the Art Center. Black Mountain News is a weekly newspaper covering the Swannanoa Valley area. Black Mountain is located in eastern Buncombe County at 35°37′9″N 82°19′32″W; the town of Montreat borders Black Mountain to the north, the unincorporated community of Swannanoa is on the west border. U. S. Route 70 is the main road through the center of town. Interstate 40 passes just to the south of downtown, with access from exits 64 and 65.
Via I-40 it is 15 miles west to Asheville and 41 miles east to Morganton. The Swannanoa River flows from east to west through the town, rising just 3 miles to the east at Swannanoa Gap on the crest of the Appalachians; the Swannanoa River flows west to the French Broad River, part of the Tennessee River basin that flows to the Gulf of Mexico via the Mississippi River, while Swannanoa Creek east of the gap is part of the Catawba River-Santee River system, reaching the Atlantic Ocean north of Charleston, South Carolina. According to the United States Census Bureau, the town of Black Mountain has a total area of 6.7 square miles, of which 0.015 square miles, or 0.23%, is water. As of the census of 2000, there were 7,511 people, 3,340 households, 2,027 families residing in the town; the population density was 1,165.7 people per square mile. There were 3,703 housing units at an average density of 574.7 per square mile. The racial makeup of the town was 90.84% White, 6.27% African American, 0.31% Native American, 0.87% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.45% from other races, 1.22% from two or more races.
Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.81% of the population. There were 3,340 households out of which 22.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.2% were married couples living together, 10.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 39.3% were non-families. 34.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.3% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.15 and the average family size was 2.75. In the town, the population was spread out with 19.1% under the age of 18, 7.1% from 18 to 24, 25.7% from 25 to 44, 26.1% from 45 to 64, 22.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females, there were 83.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 78.3 males. The median income for a household in the town was $35,541, the median income for a family was $43,373. Males had a median income of $28,604 versus $22,476 for females; the per capita income for the town was $20,509. About 7.6% of families and 10.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.2% of those under age 18 and 7.6% of those age 65 or over.
Black Mountain features in the 1994 Patricia Cornwell novel The Body Farm. Black Mountain is featured in the 2009 novel One Second After and 2015 sequel One Year After by William R. Forstchen, a town resident. Many local institutions and residents appear in the novel. Black Mountain figures in The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks, a book that mentions the former college and visual arts community. Black Mountain is the site of the Three Billboards featured in the 2017 film, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, with one billboard exposed in April 2016, with the other two covered up; the North Carolina Department of Public Safety operates the Swannanoa Correctional Center for Women. It opened on July 7, 2008, taking women at the Black Mountain Correctional Center for Women. Black Mountain College Montreat College Lake Eden Arts Festival Literary Patricia Cornwell William R. Forstchen Nicholas SparksMusic McDibbs, music venue Roberta Flack, singer Floating Action The Jellyrox The Morris Brothers, country music group David Wilcox, singer-songwriter Artimus Pyle, drummer Lynyrd SkynyrdArchitecture Rafael GuastavinoAthletes and sporting figures Brad Daugherty, NBA All-Star, ESPN [commentator, NASCAR team owner Brad Johnson, NFL quarterback who led the Buccaneers to their Super Bow