Pacolet, South Carolina
South Carolina Spartanburg County Pacolet
Pacolet is located in Spartanburg County. Flourishing in the 19th century with the textile industry, the area split into four villages: Pacolet, Central Pacolet, Pacolet Mills, and an unincorporated area known as Pacolet Park. Today, only Pacolet and Central Pacolet exist as separate towns.
The town's history dates back to the mid 1700s. Railroads and textiles shaped it in the following century. On June 6, 1903, heavy rains caused flooding that resulted in the worst natural disaster ever to occur in Spartanburg County.
Huge sections of Pacolet Mill were swept away downstream along with the Presbyterian Church and many homes, stores, and businesses. Ultimately 70 people died, 600 were left homeless, and 4,000 were without jobs. Tragic and traumatic, the community miraculously recovered quickly and in 1907, Pacolet Mill was not only the largest manufacturer in Spartanburg County, it was one of the largest in the South.
The mill was sold to Milliken later in the 20th century and closed in 1980.
Spartanburg is the largest city near Pacolet. Here is a map to the Spartanburg area.
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