Great Falls, South Carolina

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Great Falls is a town in Chester County, South Carolina, United States. The population was 2,194 at the 2000 census.

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Geography and Climate

Great Falls is located at 34°34′15″N 80°54′1″W / 34.57083°N 80.90028°W / 34.57083; -80.90028 (34.570912, -80.900238)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 4.4 square miles (11.4 km²), of which, 4.2 square miles (11.0 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.4 km²) of it (3.19%) is water.

For climate and other weather information see, Climate of the Rock Hill, South Carolina area

Culture

The town of Great Falls hosts an annual Flopeye Fish Festival.

Great Falls was a thriving metropolis and a real boomtown in the early 1900s. It was founded on the old US 21 peddler's route from Charleston to the mountains of North Carolina and beyond, The trade route of its time.

After a hydroelectric plant was built and was powering the first of three cotton mills, the 'company sto' near the plant provided the workers with everything that they could possibly need ... at whatever price they felt like they could get, and simply deducted that from the workers' wages. Up the road, or 'down,' depending on your perspective, a merchant (who may have been named Andy Morrison) who had a lazy, or drooping, eyelid(s), would laze around his store, selling many of the same items at lower prices, of course. The Company tried to discourage its workers from trading with 'that old flopeyed man' down the road. However, people liked his prices, and seemed to genuinely like old 'Flopeye.' They built up a separate business area, and a surrounding village in the area around Flopeye.

There were, and still are, two separate and distinct business areas in Great Falls. Downtown, where the Company Store was located, also has a bank (now gone), post office, theater ("The Falls," also gone), and many others. Flopeye, separated by a road winding past beautiful Republic Park, has a football stadium (home of the 1934 State Champs with noted Banks McFadden), churches, and the local school.[4]

Notable residents

  • Cal Cooper, a Major League Baseball pitcher, was born in Great Falls in 1922.
  • John Smith - John Smith is the head coach of the Great Falls High School basketball team. He has been coaching the team for over 40 years and currently holds the record for most wins by any coach in South Carolina High School basketball history. In his tenure, which continues to this day, Smith has lead the team to 6 State Championship victories, and over 800 total victories.

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