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History

What now stands as Pickens County was all wildernesses but first settled by the Cherokee Indians and named after Confederate General William King Easley. On August 3, 1873 the town was surveyed and lost were sold. This was shortly after the railroad that Easley persuaded officials from Charlotte-to-Atlanta Airline Road to put a track through the town. After the town was sold a grant was awarded for the half-mile square town and R.E. Holcombe was elected Indendant (Mayor).

The history of Easley can be seen through a number of different events, but arguably the most important is the arrival of he railroad. The railroad helped to fuel the development of the textile industry that was already blooming in Easley. Cotton was the king and the textile industry was the strong backbone of a rapidly growing industry. Incorporated in 1901, Easley invited new industries in the area as Main Street turned into a busy bustling business center.

While the textile industry flourished, Clemson Agricultural College was established in the southwest corner of Pickens County. In 1893 Clemson opened its doors to 446 male cadets.

Easley continued to grow, in 1953 the Easley Textile Company, later known as Swirl, Inc., brought jobs, a huge economy boost and the ever so popular “Swirl” wrap dress. Later, in 1956 Sacro Lowell, a manufacturer of yarn production equipment built a plant in Easley.

In the early 1960s the first trio of large reservoirs was developed with the work of he U.S. Corps on Engineers, completing the Hartwell Dam, which in turn created Hartwell Lake. In 1970 land was purchased in northern Pickens and Oconee counties by Duke Power, which lead to the construction of Dukes Oconee Nuclear Station. The station began producing power in 1973.

The small town charm and perfect location of Easley makes it a great place for business. The picture-perfect location among the Blue Ridge Mountains, a family like community, minutes away from big cities and a day’s ride from the coast, Easley is the place to live, work and play all year long.

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