Pelzer is a town in Anderson County in Upstate South Carolina along the banks of the Saluda River. Considering it is only 0.2 square miles it really is a tiny town. What Pelzer may lack in population or size it more than makes up for with charm and friendly people.
History of Pelzer
The town was founded in the 1800’s along with the Pelzer Manufacturing Co. A pioneer in the use of electricity, the company bought the first power generators made by the fledgling General Electric Co., to run its two mills, one of them the largest in the United States at the time. A consolidated hydro station with two dams still generates power on the Saluda River.
The two mills have been torn down and only a few buildings and debris mark the sites of the upper and lower mills around which the town was built. At one time, the Southern Railroad tracks separated Pelzer from West Pelzer.
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