These 12 Photos of South Carolina In The 1970s Are Mesmerizing
Life in the 70s without cell phones, social media or the Internet meant things took a little longer. For example, now when you go on vacation you probably use an app on your phone to instantly upload photos of your travels.
Let us ask you this: when was the last time you
from your vacation spot? I can say I mailed a postcard from Grandfather Mountain in North Carolina in October of 2015. It was the first time I sent a postcard in years and it felt great. For the two minutes it took to write it and the five minutes I stood in line at the post office in Linville Falls, NC I actually felt like I’d stepped back in time. You should try it. mailed a postcard
Here, we’ve compiled some South Carolina images from the 1970s. Hopefully these photos will take you back to a time when life had fewer opportunities for “instant gratification.”
Winnsboro, SC - 1975
Years before the Revolutionary War, Richard Winn moved to what is now Fairfield County, SC. As early as 1777, the area was known as "Winnsborough or Wynnsborough."
Columbia, SC - 1973
President Nixon waves to the crowd from his Presidential motorcade in February of 1973. He was in town to thank the state legislature for its support of his Vietnam policy. He received a warm welcome.
South Carolina - 1973
In 1973, Alice Cooper's "Billion Dollar Babies Tour" made two stops in South Carolina: Columbia and Clemson.
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describes the tour, "The Billion Dollar Babies tour was the mother of all tours. The stage was excessive, the violence perpetrated by Alice was excessive, and the show was sexually excessive. It was all about excess, and there hasn't been a tour like it since."
Pawleys Island - 1975
Pawleys Island, located 70 miles north of Charleston and 25 miles south of Myrtle Beach, is known as one of the oldest summer resorts on the East Coast. It's separated from the mainland by a beautiful salt marsh.
Air Force One in Columbia - 1976
President Ford in Columbia, SC in 1976. During his October 23rd visit to South Carolina, President Ford was scheduled to visit the South Carolina State Fair and to attend the South Carolina/Notre Dame football game, both in Columbia. He also received a warm welcome.
A proud "LUV Truck" owner in Summerville, SC - 1978
The Chevy "LUV Truck" was manufactured starting in 1972 by Isuzu and marketed/sold by Chevrolet. The word "LUV" meant "light utility vehicle."
Columbia, SC - 1971
The Hotel Columbia was imploded on the morning of November 21, 1971. It stood on the NE corner of Gervais and Sumter Streets.
Funeral - Columbia, SC - 1972
Nancy Thurmond, Strom Thurmond, Katherine Westmoreland, and William Westmoreland attend the funeral of James F. Byrnes in April of 1972. Byrnes was the 104th Governor of South Carolina.
Kiawah Island, SC - 1970s
The initial development of Kiawah Island began in 1954, after the purchase of the island by C.C. Royal. He built a small oceanfront community and named the main street after his wife Eugenia. The island has been bought and sold a couple of times since Royal's death in 1964. The opening of the Kiawah Island Golf Resort in 1976 brought more vacationers to the already popular vacation destination.
What do the 1970s represent for you? Do you want to share any memories from that era? We’d love to hear them in our comments!
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