Beech Island, South Carolina

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Beech Island, South Carolina
Beech Island is located in South Carolina
Beech Island
Beech Island
Coordinates: 33°25′39″N 81°53′27″W / 33.42750°N 81.89083°W / 33.42750; -81.89083Coordinates: 33°25′39″N 81°53′27″W / 33.42750°N 81.89083°W / 33.42750; -81.89083
Country United States of America
State South Carolina
County Aiken
Population
 (2010)
 • Total7,675
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
29842
Area code(s)803
GNIS feature ID1245034[1]

Beech Island is an unincorporated community in Aiken County, South Carolina, United States.[2] According to tradition, the community was first named "Beech Highland" on account of its lofty elevation, and over time the H was dropped, causing the present name to be adopted.[3]

Beech Island was primarily an agricultural community before the 1950s. Cotton, wheat, corn, and soybean were the major crops. This changed with the construction of Urquhart Station Power Station and the nearby Savannah River Nuclear Project. New highways were built to accommodate the workers commuting to the Nuclear Project. Commerce grew and the community began to change. In the 1960s Kimberly-Clark built a large manufacturing facility on what was once farmland, creating more jobs. The boom, however, was short-lived.

Beech Island's most famous resident was James Brown, who lived there for the last few decades of his life on a 60-acre (240,000 m2) estate. Brown is buried in the Thomas Family Home Crypt on Beech Island.

The Cedars, Fort Moore-Savano Town Site, Redcliffe Plantation State Historic Site, Oakland Plantation, and Zubly Cemetery are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[4][5]

Beech Island is also home to most of the television transmitters that serve the Augusta, GA MSA.

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  1. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2017-05-06.
  2. ^ Walter Edgar, Ed.: The South Carolina Encyclopedia, The University of South Carolina Press, Columbia, S.C., 2006, p. 63.
  3. ^ Federal Writers' Project (1941). Palmetto Place Names. Sloane Printing Co. p. 24.
  4. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  5. ^ "National Register of Historic Places Listings". Weekly List of Actions Taken on Properties: 8/15/11 through 8/19/11. National Park Service. 2011-08-26.