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        South Carolina Geography | The Blue Ridge

        The Blue Ridge, which includes portions of Oconee, Pickens, Greenville, and Spartanburg counties, is the smallest of the five landform regions being studied in this series. However, this in no way diminishes its prominence in South Carolina geography. The region is a part of the Blue Ridge Mountains that extend from Georgia to Virginia. They, in turn, are part of the Appalachian mountain system extending from southern Quebec to Alabama. This region is also referred to as the Alpine region, or simply as the mountains.

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        South Carolina Geography: The Blue Ridge

        The Blue Ridge, which includes portions of Oconee, Pickens, Greenville, and Spartanburg counties, is the smallest of the five landform regions being studied in this series. However, this in no way diminishes its prominence in South Carolina geography.

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        The Blue Ridge: Definition and Location

        The region is a part of the Blue Ridge Mountains that extend from Georgia to Virginia. They, in turn, are part of the Appalachian mountain system extending from southern Quebec to Alabama. This region is also referred to as the Alpine region, or simply as the mountains.

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        The Blue Ridge: Ellicott Rock

        Ellicott Rock is located on the banks of the Chattanooga River, at the northwestern Upcountry of South Carolina. It is the site of an early l9th-century survey that, among other things, defines the point where South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia meet.

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        The Blue Ridge: Walhalla Fish Hatchery

        The Walhalla Fish Hatchery is located in Oconee County, between Highway 107 and the Chattooga River. It provides mountain trout for the many streams and rivers of the South Carolina mountains and also for those in portions of other states.

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        The Blue Ridge: Stumphouse Mountain

        In the mid-1850's, business leaders in Charleston desired a link by rail with the Midwest in order to boost the economy of the port city. Known as the Blue Ridge Railroad Company, the project was never completed.

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        The Blue Ridge: Tamassee School

        The Tamassee School, located on scenic Highway 11, was built originally to serye as a boarding school for mountain children whose schooling was erratic because of the isolation created by the physical geography of the region.

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        The Blue Ridge: Highway 11

        Scenic Highway 11 provides an excellent view of the South Carolina mountains, especially Table Rock and Caesars Head.

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        The Blue Ridge: Whitewater Falls

        Whitewater Falls contains an upper and a lower falls. The more spectacular of the two is the upper falls, located just over the North Carolina border in southwestern Transylvania County, off North Carolina State Road 281.

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        The Blue Ridge: Salem

        The Duke Power Company's World of Energy Visitors' Center at the Oconee Nuclear Station and the surrounding Jocassee and Keowee lakes are excellent examples of how man has had a major impact on the landscape and topography of the area.

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        The Blue Ridge: Clemson

        John C. Calhoun's son-in-law, Thomas G. Clemson, willed the Calhoun property near Pendleton to the state of South Carolina for the establishment of an agricultural and mechanical college.

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        The Blue Ridge: Octoberfest

        Walhalla, which in German means "Garden of the Gods," was settled by German immigrants who were reminded of their homeland by the mountains in the area. Each year, the townspeople of Walhalla celebrate their German heritage and culture with an "Octoberfest."

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        The Blue Ridge: 50 Minute Man - Highway 276 from NC Border to Travelers Rest

        The steep and winding road does not allow the SO-Minute Man to travel as far as he could in another region where the roads would generally be straighter and more level.

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