Cowpens is a town in Spartanburg County. Population 2,217 in 2013.
Hwy 29/Main Street runs through the town of Cowpens. The town is small but they have restaurants and stores. In 1976, the Cowpens Bicentennial Committee decided they would have a festival called the Mighty Moo Festival in honor of former crewmen of the USS Cowpens WWII aircraft carrier. Festival is held on the third weekend of June.
During the American Revolutionary War, the Battle of Cowpens was fought on January 17, 1781, resulting in a decisive victory for American Patriot forces over British troops. The battle site is preserved at Cowpens National Battlefield, located 9 miles north of town in Cherokee County, near the town of Chesnee. (check out the Chesnee post, I wrote about the battlefield)
Two ships of the U.S. Navy have been named USS Cowpens in honor of the battle.
The Cowpens Depot, built in 1896, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1997. The Cowpens Depot Museum and Civic Center houses items donated by crewmen and local citizens emphasizing the WWII naval history. Displayed items include clothing, photos, medals, and personal letters of former USS Cowpens crewmen. The museum is open by appointment. 120 Palmetto St.
Historic marker reads: (picture above) This passenger and freight depot was built in 1896 by the Southern Railway and was originally 1 block N. at Brown & Church Sts. It replaced an 1873 depot on the Atlanta & Charlotte Air Line Railway, later merged into the Southern. This depot served passengers into the 1950s and handled freight until 1967. It was moved in 1982
Converse is in Spartanburg County, the community is next to Cowpens, separated by the Pacolet River. No town, the community has a closed mill and mill houses around it.
At the Pacolet River Bridge are plaques about the flood of 1903.
At dawn on the morning of June 6, 1903, floodwaters roared through the Pacolet River valley. As the high water thundered downstream from mill village to mill village, people in the path of the flash flood had no warning it was coming. Before the morning was over, the day would become the deadliest flood event in state history.
Historical accounts claim 70 deaths from the flood, but the toll was likely many more. The flood’s fury destroyed four textile mills and inflicted heavy damage to two others, laid waste to at least 75 homes and wiped out warehouses filled with cotton bales. Many of the victims were never found; others were buried where their bodies were discovered, some as far away as Union County. The flood left a 12-mile-long path of devastation strewn with textile machinery, downed trees, flattened houses, washed-out bridges, and the bodies of its victims. More than 4,000 cotton mill employees from Converse to Pacolet were without paychecks for many months.
Mayo is in Spartanburg County. No town, there is a post office, fire department, pawn shop, convenience store, homes and churches. Highway 221 goes through Mayo to Chesnee which is 5 miles north.