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Rock Hill Buggy Company / Anderson Motor Company

 
 
Rock Hill Buggy Company / Anderson Motor Company Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Sean Nix, November 25, 2009
1. Rock Hill Buggy Company / Anderson Motor Company Marker
Inscription.
Rock Hill Buggy Company
In 1886 A.D. Holler, who had long owned a wagon and buggy shop in Rock Hill, founded Holler and Anderson Buggy Company with his son-in-law John Gary Anderson (1861-1937). Anderson built a factory here in 1892, with separate blacksmith, woodwork, trim, and paint shops. Renamed Rock Hill Buggy Company, it was known for quality materials and craftsmanship. By 1900 it was an industry leader and sold 6,000 buggies a year.

Anderson Motor Company
The firm became Anderson Motor Company and began building automobiles in 1916. Its first cars were the Anderson Six, a 6-passenger touring car, and the Roadster, a 3-passenger convertible. By 1923 there were 8 brightly-colored luxury cars with innovations such as the first floor dimmer switch. At its peak in 1923 the factory made 35 cars a day. It built the last Anderson in 1924 and closed in 1926. Fewer than a dozen Anderson automobiles still survive.
 
Erected 2009 by York County Culture and Heritage Museums and the City of Rock Hill. (Marker Number 46-23.)
 
Location. 34° 55.772′ N, 81° 1.731′ W. Marker is in Rock Hill, South Carolina, in York County. Marker is at the intersection of
Rock Hill Buggy Company / Anderson Motor Company Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Sean Nix, November 25, 2009
2. Rock Hill Buggy Company / Anderson Motor Company Marker
Reverse side
North Wilson Street and West White Street, on the right when traveling south on North Wilson Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Rock Hill SC 29730, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Rock Hill Printing and Finishing Company / Rock Hill Buggy Company and Anderson Motor Company (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Rock Hill Cotton Factory (about 800 feet away); Rock Hill (approx. 0.2 miles away); Rock Hill Depots / Rock Hill Street Railway (approx. 0.2 miles away); James Milton Cherry House (approx. 0.3 miles away); McCrory's Civil Rights Sit-ins / "Friendship Nine" (approx. 0.3 miles away); Village of Rock Hill / City of Rock Hill (approx. 0.3 miles away); Andrew Jackson Hotel / Vernon Grant (approx. 0.3 miles away); Episcopal Church of Our Saviour (approx. 0.3 miles away); First Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church / Dr. Arthur Small Rogers (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rock Hill.
 
Regarding Rock Hill Buggy Company / Anderson Motor Company. The Anderson Motor Company burned on January 7, 1940. As of 2009, there were only 13 Anderson cars still in existence. One was in display at the marker's dedication.
 
Also see . . .
1. Rock Hill Buggy Company. John Gary Anderson founded
Current Structures on site image. Click for full size.
By Michael Sean Nix, November 25, 2009
3. Current Structures on site
a Rock Hill auto manufacturing company in the early 20th century. (Submitted on November 25, 2009, by Michael Sean Nix of Spartanburg, South Carolina.) 

2. Rock Hill Buggy Company / Anderson Motor Company. Started originally in 1889 as the Holler & Anderson Buggy Co., a division of the A.D. Holler's Furniture Store. (Submitted on November 25, 2009, by Michael Sean Nix of Spartanburg, South Carolina.) 

3. New State Historical Marker to Recognize Early Rock Hill Businesses. During its heyday in the early 1900s, Anderson Motor Company had dealerships in China, Chile, Havana, Mexico City, Puerto Rico and Montreal. (Submitted on January 26, 2010, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceRoads & Vehicles
 
Current Structures on site image. Click for full size.
By Michael Sean Nix, November 25, 2009
4. Current Structures on site
Rock Hill Buggy Company / Anderson Motor Company Marker image. Click for full size.
By B. Irving Berson, 1926
5. Rock Hill Buggy Company / Anderson Motor Company Marker
Our first family car, an Anderson. NYC circa 1926.
The Rock Hill Buggy Company<br>Birthplace of the Anderson Motor Company image. Click for full size.
Rock Hill, South Carolina: Gateway to the New South by J. Edward Lee, Anne E. Beard
6. The Rock Hill Buggy Company
Birthplace of the Anderson Motor Company
John Gary Anderson<br>(1861-1937) image. Click for full size.
Rock Hill, South Carolina: Gateway to the New South by J. Edward Lee, Anne E. Beard, 1898
7. John Gary Anderson
(1861-1937)
1919 Anderson Car image. Click for full size.
Rock Hill, South Carolina: Gateway to the New South by J. Edward Lee, Anne E. Beard
8. 1919 Anderson Car
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 7, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 25, 2009, by Michael Sean Nix of Spartanburg, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 2,767 times since then and 137 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 25, 2009, by Michael Sean Nix of Spartanburg, South Carolina.   5. submitted on February 6, 2017, by D. Jordan Berson of Dartmouth, Mass..   6, 7, 8. submitted on January 26, 2010, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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