Cooper River – Moncks Corner, South Carolina

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Named for Anthony Ashley Cooper, chief Lord Proprietor of the Carolina colony, the Cooper River is one of the most historically significant rivers in South Carolina. It served as the main transportation route during the colonial period and played a crucial role in the development and success of early South Carolina plantations.

Amanda Simmons, 2008 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

The Cooper River is a relatively short, but wide river that flows through Berkeley and Charleston counties and joins the Ashley River to form the Charleston Harbor. The river consists of two branches – the East Branch, which rises in Huger near the edge of the Francis Marion National Forest, and the West Branch, which rises in Moncks Corner. This picture of the river was taken near Cypress Gardens

In 2003, a section of over 30,000 acres surrounding the East Branch was designated the Cooper River Historic District and added to the National Register of Historic Places.

Cooper River Map

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2 Comments about Cooper River

R. MarieNo Gravatar says:
June 4th, 2013 at 2:43 pm

Beautiful Amanda, thank you for sharing.

Kelley DuenkeNo Gravatar says:
November 2nd, 2010 at 2:38 pm

Very pretty Amanda — it must have been nice waking up to that!


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