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Charleston, South Carolina, USA

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Where is Charleston, South Carolina, USA? 

Charleston is the oldest and second-largest city in the southeastern State of South Carolina, and the county seat of Charleston County. The city lies just south of the geographical midpoint of South Carolina's coastline and is located on Charleston Harbor, an inlet of the Atlantic Ocean formed by the confluence of the Ashley and Cooper rivers.

Founded in 1670 as Charles Towne in honor of King Charles II of England, Charleston adopted its present name in 1783. It moved to its present location on Oyster Point in 1680 from a location on the west bank of the Ashley River known as Albemarle Point. By 1690, Charles Towne was the fifth largest city in North America, and it remained among the ten largest cities in the United States through the 1840 census.Wikipedia


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Charleston, South Carolina, USA - A Glimpse of Charlston and Bay, From St. Michael's Church

Picturesque America: Or, the Land We Live In. A Delineation by Pen and Pencil of the Mountains, Rivers, Lakes... With Illustr. on Steel and Wood, by Eminent American Artists, Volume 1
William C. Bryant
Appleton, 1872
Charleston, South Carolina, USA

A Glimpse of Charlston and Bay, From St. Michael's Church

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Charleston, South Carolina, USA - East Battery Parade, Charleston, S.C.
Charleston, South Carolina, USA

East Battery Parade, Charleston, S.C.
Charleston, South Carolina, USA - City Hall & Court House
Charleston, South Carolina, USA

City Hall & Court House
Charleston, South Carolina, USA - Y.M.C.A. Building
Charleston, South Carolina, USA

Y.M.C.A. Building

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1670 - Charleston, South Carolina, founded, soon becomes early cultural center.

The World Almanac of the U.S.A, by Allan Carpenter and Carl Provorse, 1996
1700 - Hurricane struck Charleston, 98 killed

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1732 - First Newspaper in South Carolina
"The South Carolina Gazette," printed at Charleston at the beginning of 1732, was the first issued...Read MORE...

1733 - January 13 - James Oglethorpe & 130 English colonists arrive at Charleston, SC

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1752 - Hurricane devastates Charleston, S.C.
The 17-foot storm surge destroyed the town's fortifications and over 500 homes.

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News  1776 - June 28 - Charleston, SC repulses British sea attack

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June 28, 1776
1778 - Major fire in Charles Town destroyed many building, arson suspected

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News  1780 - May 12 - British capture Charleston, SC

May 12, 1780
News  1782 - December 14 - Charleston, SC evacuated by British

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December 14, 1782
1783 - Charles Town renamed Charleston

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1786 - Capital moved from Charleston to Columbia

January 10, 1800 - Savannah, GA, received a foot and a half of snow, and ten inches blanketed Charleston SC. It was the heaviest snowfall of record for the immediate Coastal Plain of the southeastern U.S.

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1824 - November 21 - 1st Jewish Reform congregation forms, Charleston, SC

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1830 - First steam locomotive in U.S. began passenger route service between Charleston and Hamburg, South Carolina

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News  1838 - AWFUL FIRE IN CHARLESTON.
Office of the Augusta Chronicle.
April 28, 6 o'clock, P.M.
We learn with the deepest regret, by...Read MORE...

News  1843 - July 2 - An alligator reportedly fell from the sky onto Anson Street in Charleston, SC, during a thunderstorm.

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July 2, 1843
1860 - April 23 - Democratic convention in Charleston SC divided over slavery

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News  1864 - February 17 – American Civil War: The tiny Confederate hand-propelled submarine H. L. Hunley sinks the USS Housatonic (1861)
using a spar torpedo in Charleston Harbor, becoming the first submarine to sink an enemy ship,...Read MORE...

1865 - February 18 - Evacuation of Charleston, SC

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1876 - September 6 - Race riot in Charleston SC

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News  1885 - August 25 - A severe hurricane struck South Carolina causing 1.3 million dollars damage at Charleston.

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August 25, 1885
News  1886 - August 31 - 1st major earthquake recorded in eastern US, at Charleston SC, 110 die
An earthquake of between 7.3 and 7.6 on the Richter scale hits Charleston, South Carolina, leaving...Read MORE...

News  1893 - August 24 - Tornado destroys coast of Savannah & Charleston, about 1000 die

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August 24, 1893
News  1895 - Blizzard - THE STORM STILL HOVERS OVER THE UNITED STATES. IT IS SEVEREST IN THE EAST. TRAFFIC ALMOST ENTIRELY AT A STANDSTILL -- RAILROAD TRAINS BLOCKADED -- BUSINESS PARALYZED -- PEOPLE FROZEN TO DEATH AT SEVERAL PLACES...
...Results Of The Storm In South Carolina.
Charleston, S. C., Feb. 9. --The blizzard has brought...Read MORE...

1900 - Charleston by Yates Snowden
In Pompeii, the tourist, looking from blank wall to dusty floor, wonders what there is to see in...Read MORE...

News  1910 - TRAIN WRECK AT CHARLESTON - Engineer Hammond and Fireman Buckley Slightly Injured in Smashup on Coast Line
Special to The State

Charleston, June 2 - Train No. 52 of the Atlantic Coast Line bound for...Read MORE...

1916
Charleston, a port of entry, capital of a county of its own name, and the largest city of South...Read MORE...

1925 - New dance craze in Charleston's pubs, dance halls began, spread across nation, named "Charleston"

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News  1933 - May 6 - Charleston, SC, was deluged with 10.57 inches of rain, an all- time 24 hour record for that location.

The Weather Channel
May 6, 1933
News  1938 - 25 DIE, 340 HURT IN CHARLESTON STORM. MANY FAMOUS OLD LANDMARKS BLOWN DOWN BY TORNADO.
Damage Estimated At $2,000,000 As Tornado Strikes Historic City Unawares; Vast Scenes Of Wreckage;...Read MORE...

News  1940 - August 11 - A major hurricane struck Savannnah, GA, and Charleston, SC, causing the worst inland flooding since 1607.

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August 11, 1940
1953 - June 19 - WCSC TV channel 5 in Charleston, SC (CBS) begins broadcasting

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News  1954 - Tax Payments - And Humor Gone March 15
By Jack Leland
News and Courier Staff Writer

Memorandum to the Editor:
You said to write a...Read MORE...

News  1960 - September 11 - Hurricane Donna produced wind gusts to 121 mph at Charleston SC.

The Weather Channel
September 11, 1960

Ancestors Who Were Born Here


Cumming
flag  Ann E. CUMMING (1847, Charleston, South Carolina, USA - 15 January 1866, Paterson, New Jersey, USA)

Hibben
flag  James HIBBEN (1799, Charleston, South Carolina, USA - 1 February 1871, Northampton, Massachusetts, USA )

Muckenfuss
flag  Walter MUCKENFUSS (01/15/1904, Charleston, South Carolina, USA - 06/15/1951, Savannah, Georgia, USA)

Nelson
flag  Southway NELSON (1750, Charleston, South Carolina, USA - 27 September 1836, Washington, Tennessee, USA)
 

Ancestors Who Died Here


Allard Jr.
flag  David Walter ALLARD JR. (October 25, 1947, Fort Benning, Georgia, USA - October 6, 2013, Charleston, South Carolina, USA) gravestone

Bacon
  Erastus S. BACON (1820, - 20 September 1864, Charleston, South Carolina, USA)

Lanoue
Acadian Exile - Grand Derangement flag  Jean Baptiste LANOUE (23 October 1738, Annapolis Royal, Annapolis, Nova Scotia, Canada / Port Royal, Acadia - 24 August 1781, Charleston, South Carolina, USA) gravestone

Richard
Acadian Exile - Grand Derangement flag  Marguerite RICHARD (16 May 1712, Annapolis Royal, Annapolis, Nova Scotia, Canada / Port Royal, Acadia - 1756, Charleston, South Carolina, USA) gravestone

Wright
  George WRIGHT (abt. 1718, - aft. September 1779, Charleston, South Carolina, USA)
 

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Cemeteries in Charleston, South Carolina, USA

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