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        South Carolina Geography | The Piedmont

        The word "piedmont" means "foot of the mountain." This region is hilly and comprises approximately one third of the state. It includes all or portions of Greenville, Spartanburg, Cherokee, Oconee, Pickens, Anderson, Abbeville, McCormick, Edgefield, Saluda, Newberry, Fairfield, Kershaw, Greenwood, Laurens, Union, York, Chester, Lancaster, Lexington, and Richland counties.

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        South Carolina Geography | The Piedmont

        The word "piedmont" means "foot of the mountain." This region is hilly and comprises approximately one third of the state.

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        The Piedmont: Definition and Location

        The Piedmont includes all or portions of Greenville, Spartanburg, Cherokee, Oconee, Pickens, Anderson, Abbeville, McCormick, Edgefield, Saluda, Newberry, Fairfield, Kershaw, Greenwood, Laurens, Union, York, Chester, Lancaster, Lexington, and Richland counties.

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        The Piedmont: Greenville

        This city's economy has been tied traditionally to the textile industry. Today its industry and economy are more diversified. The third largest city in the state, Greenville is the home of Furman University and Bob Jones University.

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        The Piedmont: Spartanburg

        Like Greenville, Spartanburg has been heavily dominated by textiles; however, its economy has undergone diversification. Wofford College, Converse College, Spartanburg Junior College, and the University of South Carolina-Spartanburg are located here.

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        The Piedmont: U.S. Highway 21

        This stretch of U.S. Highway 2l between Ridgeway and Great Falls is an excellent illustration of the rolling hills of the Piedmont.

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        The Piedmont: Carowinds

        This amusement park is located at the North Carolina-South Carolina border. It contributes to the economy and recreation of both states.

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        The Piedmont: Charlotte

        North Carolina. The metropolitan area of this city near the South Carolina border includes residents of northern York and Lancaster counties. The influence of its newspapers, radio and television stations, and its draw as a large metropolitan area extend even further into South Carolina.

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        The Piedmont: Paris Mountain

        Paris Mountain is a monadnock. A monadnock usually consists of rock material that is more resistant than that surrounding it; therefore, it has withstood the erosion process for millions of years.

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        The Piedmont: Cotton Field

        Cotton played a major role in the growth of the Piedmont in the 1800's. The razing of forests and the planting of cotton, along with the construction of new, larger homes, brought about a change in the landscape of the Piedmont.

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        The Piedmont: Pacolet

        Major railroad lines and the Pacolet River were two important factors in the establishment of a textile mill here.

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        The Piedmont: 50 Minute Man - Clinton, Whitmire to Chester

        The 5O-Minute Man travels from Presbyterian College in Clinton to downtown Chester in 5O minutes—approximately the length of this class. It is noted that kudzu was brought here from Japan to help with the erosion problems of the region.

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        The Piedmont: Laurens County Textile Festival

        Textile manufacturing has historically been important to the economy of the Piedmont; however, imported goods have given the domestic industry severe competition in recent years. Trade bills to protect the domestic industry are frequently in the news. The Textile Festival stresses "Buy American."

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        The Piedmont: U.S. Highway 29 and Interstate 85

        Once a main link between Washington, D.C. and Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. 29 aided in the industrial development of Greenville and Spartanburg. Today Interstate 85 continues that tradition.

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        The Piedmont: Newberry County Egg and Dairy Festival

        While manufacturing is a traditional staple of the Piedmont economy, agriculture continues to play an important role, especially in the southern piedmont. (Poultry is big business around the twin cities of Batesburg and Leesville, where a Poultry Festival is held.)

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