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Family Dollar #7457,10000 U.S. 521, Greeleyville: July 2014   6 comments

Posted at 10:44 pm in Uncategorized

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What with the recent talk here about Family Dollar closings and the ongoing buyout war over the chain, this store in Greelyville caught my eye as I was going to the beach back in July, and then again with the building vacant as I was going for Labor Day.

I don't know a lot about Greelyville except that one of my childhood babysitters was from there and that I have been driving through it for years. From the 60 through the 80s, the local high school always had some sort of clever message on their roadside marquee-board, but they seem to have gone generic lately. During the same time period, one of the local gas stations had cylindrical above ground gas storage tanks painted to resemble soft drink cans. The place was also home to one of the unfortunate sailors who lost his life in the huge gun explosion on the USS Stark in 1987, and is memorialized on a roadside plaque. There is also the marvelously named "Pearl Whack Park" on US-521 just before the tracks.

And on 29 August 2014, I saw one of the best rainbows ever driving through the area, unfortunately with nowhere to pull off and get a really scenic framing for a shot.

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Written by ted on September 2nd, 2014

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6 Responses to 'Family Dollar #7457,10000 U.S. 521, Greeleyville: July 2014'

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  1. @ted - seems to me that you framed it perfectly. Maybe you were heading straight to the pot of gold!!!

    Homer

    3 Sep 14 at 12:17 am

  2. The rainbow pic was awesome! You should enter it in the State Fair.

    William

    3 Sep 14 at 4:50 pm

  3. Ted - Bravo on the rainbow shots, we saw a nice one outside Georgetown last year but couldn't get a pic to do it justice. You forgot to mention one thing about Greelyville, it's the speed trap capital in that part of the state. I am the only member of my family (knock on wood) that has't at least been stopped in Greeleyville, coming or going to the beach. I thought it had gotten better but some of my wife's family got a ticket last year. When it goes from 55 to 35 to 25, they mean it.

    ED

    5 Sep 14 at 8:16 am

  4. It is a nasty speed trap. The 35 limit extends way out to the town limits. A cop is invariably waiting there to nab motorists. It is sort of sad to see a town rely on tickets to support itself.

    Joelc

    8 Sep 14 at 2:57 am

  5. Minor correction: USS Stark was damaged not by a gun explosion, but by two missiles launched by an Iraqi jet in 1987. A quick search shows that's where the sailor from Greeleyville was killed.

    The big gun explosion from about the same period that's most remembered was in 1989 aboard the battleship Iowa. As it happens, a gunner's mate from Columbia was among the 47 killed there.

    Alaska Jill

    9 Sep 14 at 6:32 am

  6. Thanks AJ!

    It's aint what you don't know that gets you, but what you know that just ain't so..

    ted

    9 Sep 14 at 9:58 pm

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