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Calhoun Mills — Calhoun Falls, South Carolina


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Calhoun Falls was founded in 1891 at the junction where the Savannah Valley Railroad met the Georgia, Carolina and Northern Railroad. As the railroad town grew, local businesses prospered, and a group of investors from nearby Anderson began planning a textile mill. As a result, the Calhoun Mills Company formed just after the turn of the twentieth century. With support from Williamston textile manufacturer J. P. Gossett, Calhoun Mills began production in 1909, surrounded by a vibrant mill village.

Calhoun Mills

Kathy Dickerson of Greenwood, 2016 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

After the mill opened, the town grew exponentially with people moving to Calhoun Falls to work at the textile plant. The mill village added a school, a library, and a gymnasium which also served as a community center. Over the subsequent decades, the mill changed ownership a few times; it was most recently owned by the WestPoint Stevens Manufacturing Company. However, in 2006 the Calhoun Falls plant closed, eliminating 400 jobs in the community.

Calhoun Falls

Amy Burgess of Moncks Corner, 2017 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

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Address: North Cox Avenue, Calhoun Falls, SC 29628
GPS Coordinates: 34.094701,-82.592470

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