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Saluda County is a county located in the state of South Carolina. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 19,875. Its county seat is
Saluda. The county was formed from northern and eastern portions of Edgefield County.
Saluda County is part of the Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Saluda is named for the Saluda River, which, in turn, was named for a Native American tribe.
County QuickFacts: CensusBureau Quick Facts
Saluda County was named for the Saluda River, which forms one of its borders. The county was established in 1895 from part of Edgefield County. The Cherokee Indians lived in this area for many years. In 1755 they signed a treaty with the British at their settlement, known as Saluda Old Town. Scotch-Irish and English settlers subsequently began moving into the area, while the Cherokees moved farther to the north. Two famous heroes of the Alamo, William Barrett Travis (1809-1836) and James Butler Bonham (1807-1836) were natives of what is now Saluda County.
As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 462 square miles (1,196 km2), of which, 452
square miles (1,172 km2) of it is land and 9 square miles (24 km2) of it (2.01%) is water.
Bordering counties are as follows: