The Heavy Metal,
Artsy town of Saluda
In February 1881, a community spread over seven hills and formerly known as Pace's Gap became Saluda.
It was named after the Saluda Mountains, which in turn were named after the Saluda River, which in turn got its name from an Indian chief whose name in Cherokee meant "Corn River."
"Saluda" was the white man's best guess at how his name was actually spelled.
When railroad tracks eventually reached the top of the mountain it became known, and still is known today, as the steepest mainline standard gauge grade east of the Mississippi.
According to the Saluda lore, people would fill the streets just to see who would get off the next train.
It might be Scott & Zelda Fitzgerald... or activist Dorothea Dix...
... or some of the other writers and artists that came to the mountains to escape the heat
and stayed for awhile in Saluda.
Now famous for its Purple Onions and Green River barbecue ...
Saluda is a colorful place for a lazy summer lunch ...
wild flower & salamander sightings...
and artistic ingenuity...
of all sorts.
© Kristin Fellows 2012
All images taken with a Canon PowerShot SX30 IS.
(more information about this camera @ http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/SX30IS/SX30ISA.HTM)