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"B" is for Bamberg (Bamberg County)

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"B" is for Bamberg (Bamberg County; 2010 population 3,607)

"B" is for Bamberg (Bamberg County; 2010 population 3,607). Like many South Carolina towns, Bamberg was a product of the railroad. The town began around 1832 with the construction of a water tower by the South Carolina Canal and Rail Road Company. The site became variously known as Seventy-Six, Simmon’s Turnout, and Lowery’s Turnout. The General Assembly incorporated the town in 1855 and named it in honor of William Seaborn Bamberg. He and his brothers settled the area and begam creating the town. Entering the twentieth century, Bamberg was the most active cotton market between Augusta and Charleston. Until the completion of I-95, the town was an overnight stop for tourists travelling to Florida on U.S. Highway 301. With the creation of Bamberg County in 1897, the town of Bamberg became the county seat.

Dr. Walter Edgar has two programs on South Carolina Public Radio: Walter Edgar's Journal, and South Carolina from A to Z. Dr. Edgar received his B.A. degree from Davidson College in 1965 and his Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina in 1969. After two years in the army (including a tour of duty in Vietnam), he returned to USC as a post-doctoral fellow of the National Archives, assigned to the Papers of Henry Laurens.