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“C” is for Cayce

“C” is for Cayce (Lexington County; 2020 population 13,768). Cayce encompasses approximately fifteen square miles on the Congaree River opposite Columbia. The city is the descendant of the colonial trading village of Granby. The coming of the railroads in the nineteenth century gave birth to modern Cayce. The area at that time was known as Cayce Crossing. In 1914 the area was incorporated as the town of Cayce. By 1940 Cayce had become primarily a railroad town. During the 1940s and 1950s the town experienced phenomenal growth, sharing in the expansion of the Columbia metropolitan area after World War II. The creation of the Columbia Metropolitan Airport played a significant role in Cayce’s development. In the first two decades of the twenty-first century commercial and residential development continued to drive the expansion of Cayce, the “City by the River.”

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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.