Easley, South Carolina, is a growing city of approximately 20,000 located in Pickens and Anderson Counties and within the Greeneville Metropolitan Statistical Area. It sprung up after the Civil War when William Easley, a local attorney, persuaded a railroad line to come through his small settlement and establish a railroad station. Throughout the twentieth century, the proximity to cotton fields led to its becoming a center for the textile industry. As textiles waned, other industry arrived. The author is the seventh generation of his family to live in the area and a graduate student in history at Clemson University nearby.
Charleston, South Carolina: The History Press, 2017. 157 pages with photos, an Index, Notes, and appendices. Trade paperback