Saluda, North Carolina

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Saluda is a city in Henderson and Polk counties in the U.S. state of North Carolina. The population was 575 at the 2000 census. Saluda is famous for sitting at the top of the Norfolk Southern Railway's Saluda Grade, the steepest main line standard gauge railroad line in the United States. The main street has been improved since 1995 with new restaurants and art galleries. Tourists and cyclists are common on summer and fall weekends. The town festival is named Coon Dog Day, after raccoon hunting dogs. Their fire department is the first department in Polk County that received heavy rescue achievement. They have around 10 trucks, and a good staff along with a dive team. There are 8 certified members.

The Henderson County portion of Saluda is part of the Asheville Metropolitan Statistical Area.



Saluda is located at 35°14′16″N 82°20′49″W / 35.237856°N 82.346870°W / 35.237856; -82.346870 (35.237856, -82.346870),[3] primarily within Polk County. Elevation on Main Street: 2079 ft.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.6 square miles (4.0 km2), all land.

Near Saluda is a lake called Lake Summit. It is a small pristine lake, which is just large enough for motor boats. Some of the early residents of Saluda included:Benjamin staton, William Metcalf, Burrell Pope Pace, Samuel Gordon, three of which are buried in the Metcalf graveyard in the Fork Creek community ,the fourth burreel pace was buried on a hillside in 1815 in what later became the Old Mountain Page Graveyard. His graveyard is one of present day Henderson County's oldest graves. Some historians believe Benjamin Staton to be the first white man to live in present day Henderson county at the time he built his home in the mtn [page community ,of Saluda this was in Greenville county, SC the state line was later changed ,and the land Staton owned at the time is now presnt day Henderson county.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 575 people, 265 households, and 170 families residing in the city. The population density was 369.1 people per square mile (142.3/km2). There were 429 housing units at an average density of 275.3/sq mi (106.2/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.04% White, 1.91% African American, 0.17% Asian, 0.17% Pacific Islander, and 0.70% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.83% of the population.

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