Anderson in Anderson County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Oliver Bolt's Cotton Gin
The first cotton gin to be powered by electricity transmitted over a long distance stood near this site on the farm of Oliver "Duck" Bolt (1847-1922). In 1897 Bolt, whose gin had previously been powered by a steam engine, contracted with the Anderson Water, Light, and Power Company to furnish electricity for a 20-horsepower electric motor from its new plant at Portman Shoals, 7 mi. W on the Seneca River.
Erected 1997 by Anderson County Historical Society. (Marker Number 4-26.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Agriculture • Industry & Commerce • Waterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the South Carolina, Anderson County Historical Association/Society series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1897.
Location. 34° 30.25′ N, 82° 42.6′ W. Marker is in Anderson, South Carolina, in Anderson County. Marker is on West Whitner Street (State Highway 24) west of State Highway 1028, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Anderson SC 29621, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within 3 miles of this markerAnderson Regional Airport (approx. 0.7 miles away); Vietnam Veterans Monument (approx. 2.1 miles away); Anderson County Veterans Monument (approx. 2˝ miles away); Anderson County Fire Fighters Memorial (approx. 2.7 miles away); William Arthur Floyd (approx. 2.8 miles away); Dr. Samuel Marshall Orr House (approx. 2.8 miles away); First Lady of the Skies (approx. 2.9 miles away); Site of Rose Hill -- 1794 (approx. 2.9 miles away); The Anderson Sports and Entertainment Complex (approx. 3 miles away); The Hole (approx. 3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Anderson.
Also see . . .
1. Seneca River. The Seneca River is created by the confluence of the Keowee River and the Twelve Mile Creek in northwestern South Carolina, downriver from Lake Keowee near Clemson. (Submitted on September 23, 2010, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
2. Oliver Bolt Duck - Find-a-Grave Entry. Burial: New Prospect Baptist Church Cemetery, Anderson, S.C. (Submitted on October 27, 2012, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
1. Oliver Bolt
Oliver Bolt was born in Laurens County April 25, 1847, the grandson of Irish immigrants. He served during the Civil War. In 1867, he married Permeler Crombie
— Submitted January 10, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.
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