Anderson, South Carolina

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Anderson is a moderately sized town about 15 minutes from campus. Head east on US 76, cross I-85 and you're there. It's home to Wal-Mart, Target, Best Buy, Circuit City, Office Depot, Lowes, Home Depot, and the standard array of restauraunts including, Outback, Hooters, Olive Garden, and O'Charley's.

There's actually a lot more to the town than the main strip. The "downtown" area, as it is, can be very nice in places. Many Clemson students attend New Spring, also in Anderson.

Anderson was incorporated in 1882. Sometimes known as "The Electric City" due to its having been one of the earliest communities in the south to have electric power, thanks to a hydroelectric powerplant located atPortman Shoals on the Seneca River, erected in 1897. ("South Carolina-The WPA Guide to the Palmetto State", 1941, University of South Carolina Press, 1988, Second printing, 1992, page 166, ISBN 0-87249-603-1.) The original powerhouse site is now under the waters of Lake Hartwell. The city is named for General Robert Anderson.

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