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Ram Cat Alley – Seneca, South Carolina

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Ram Cat Alley is part of historic downtown Seneca. The Alley got its unusual name because of the many cats who gathered around its meat and fish markets in the early 1900s. Locals used to say there were so many of them, “you couldn’t ram another cat into the alley!”

Gary DuBose of Seneca © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the Alley has always been an important part of Seneca’s history. In the early 1900s, it was home to pool halls, meat and vegetable markets, and bars. Eventually the buildings became run-down and fell into disrepair.

Then, in the mid-1990s, Seneca’s mayor had the buildings cleaned up and the road repaved. After the dirt and grime were gone, people realized Ram Cat Alley was full of charm and potential.

Since its revitalization, many boutique shops and restaurants have opened, and it has become a pedestrian-friendly area popular among residents and visitors alike.

For a list of shops and restaurants in Ram Cat Alley, be sure to check out this website.

Many thanks to Gary DuBose who submitted this picture and historical information.

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4 Comments about Ram Cat Alley

Willena Miller says:
April 30th, 2016 at 6:15 pm

I never knew this! How fascinating. I was born in Seneca and migrated to New York City with my parents as a young child. I still have family there and plan to visit this Summer. I have so many wonderful memories of the Summers my brother and I spent there with my Grandparents. Some of the best years of my life.

Melinda-Ronnie Webb says:
March 8th, 2016 at 5:18 pm

Seneca is my home town. W ate at circa 1930 twice last week and went shopping on Ram Cat, I love the alley and thanks to all the shop owners and merchants who strive to make this place a memorable little adventure to come back home to!

Ludi Allen says:
April 11th, 2015 at 3:21 pm

This is my first time at Ram Cat Alley. SC. Going antique shopping. My sister in law Ceil Tiedt and I are going a have a great day. Shopping, & lunch. Life is great with your sister in law. Ceilt Cecilia Allen Tiedt

Lisa A Miller says:
March 2nd, 2015 at 3:27 am

Looking forward to my first Visit to Ram Cat Alley.

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