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"Charleston, a port of entry, capital of a county of its own name, and the largest city of South Carolina, is situated on a tongue of land between the rivers Ashley and Cooper, which unite immediately below the town and form a spacious harbor, communicating with the ocean at Sullivan's Island, 7 miles below. It is 115 miles by rail N.E. of Savannah, 580 miles S.W. of Baltimore, and 540 miles from Washington. Lat.32°40' N.; lon. 79°57' W. Cooper and Ashley Rivers are from 30 to 40 feet deep, the former 1400 and the latter 2100 yards wide. The ground on which the city is built is elevated 8 or 9 feet above the level of the harbor at high tide, which rises about six feet, flowing by the city with a strong current, thus contributing to its salubrity. It has a water-front of 9 miles. A sandbar extends across the mouth of the harbor, affording, however, two entrances, of which the deepest, near Sullivan's Island, has 18 feet of water at low tide. The harbor is defended by Castle Pinckney and Fort Sumter, each on an island, the former 2 and the latter 6 miles below the city, and also by Fort Moultrie, on Sullivan's Island...

Pop. in 1800, 18,711; in 1820, 24,780; in 1840, 29,261; in 1860, 40,522; in 1880,49,984; in 1890, by United States census, 54,955, and by local official census, 65,165."

Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ...
Joseph Thomas
January 1, 1895
J.B. Lippincott

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

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History and News of Charleston, South Carolina, USA

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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 webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ sctimeln.htm
  • 1732 - First Newspaper in South Carolina
    "The South Carolina Gazette," printed at Charleston at the beginning of 1732, was the first issued in that province. 1755.htm
  • 1733 - January 13 - James Oglethorpe & 130 English colonists arrive at Charleston, SC
  • 1752 - Hurricane devastates Charleston, S.C.
    The 17-foot storm surge destroyed the town's fortifications and over 500 homes.

    Hurricane timeline: 1495 to 1800
    Sun Sentinel
    Fort Lauderdale, F...

  • News  1776 - June 28 - Charleston, SC repulses British sea attack
    June 28, 1776
  • 1778 - Major fire in Charles Town destroyed many building, arson suspected webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ sctimeln.htm
  • News  1780 - May 12 - British capture Charleston, SC
    May 12, 1780
  • News  1782 - December 14 - Charleston, SC evacuated by British
    December 14, 1782
  • 1783 - Charles Town renamed Charleston webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ sctimeln.htm
  • 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.
  • 1824 - November 21 - 1st Jewish Reform congregation forms, Charleston, SC
  • 1830 - First steam locomotive in U.S. began passenger route service between Charleston and Hamburg, South Carolina webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ sctimeln.htm
    Office of the Augusta Chronicle.
    April 28, 6 o'clock, P.M.
    We learn with the deepest regret, by passengers from Charleston, who arrived here this ev... Read MORE...

  • News  1843 - July 2 - An alligator reportedly fell from the sky onto Anson Street in Charleston, SC, during a thunderstorm.
    July 2, 1843
  • 1860 - April 23 - Democratic convention in Charleston SC divided over slavery
  • 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, although the submarine and her crew of eight are also l... Read MORE...

  • 1865 - February 18 - Evacuation of Charleston, SC
  • 1876 - September 6 - Race riot in Charleston SC
  • News  1885 - August 25 - A severe hurricane struck South Carolina causing 1.3 million dollars damage at Charleston.
    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 40,000 homeless.
    August 31, 1886
  • News  1893 - August 24 - Tornado destroys coast of Savannah & Charleston, about 1000 die
    August 24, 1893
    ...Results Of The Storm In South Carolina.
    Charleston, S. C., Feb. 9. --The blizzard has brought complete disaster on truckers, all tender plants abo... 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 that little ball, but a native goes down upon his han... 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 Columbia, sideswiped freight No. 350 en route to Charle... Read MORE...

  • 1916
    Charleston, a port of entry, capital of a county of its own name, and the largest city of South Carolina, is situated on a tongue of land between the ... Read MORE...

  • 1925 - New dance craze in Charleston's pubs, dance halls began, spread across nation, named "Charleston" webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ sctimeln.htm
  • 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
    Damage Estimated At $2,000,000 As Tornado Strikes Historic City Unawares; Vast Scenes Of Wreckage; St. Michael's Church Battered; Fine Trees Uprooted ... Read MORE...

  • News  1940 - August 11 - A major hurricane struck Savannnah, GA, and Charleston, SC, causing the worst inland flooding since 1607.
    August 11, 1940
  • 1953 - June 19 - WCSC TV channel 5 in Charleston, SC (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 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 funny story about Income Tax day having come and gone.... Read MORE...

  • News  1960 - September 11 - Hurricane Donna produced wind gusts to 121 mph at Charleston SC.
    The Weather Channel
    September 11, 1960

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