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Travelers Rest, South Carolina

Travelers Rest, South Carolina
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One of several "brand" logos used by the City.
Nickname(s): TR, Gateway to the Foothills
Motto: Get in Your Element
Location of Travelers Rest, South Carolina
Location of Travelers Rest, South Carolina
Country United States
State South Carolina
County Greenville
 • Type Mayor-Council
 • Mayor Wayne McCall
 • Total 4.4 sq mi (11.4 km2)
 • Land 4.4 sq mi (11.4 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 1,096 ft (334 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 4,576
 • Density 930.8/sq mi (359.4/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 29690
Area code(s) 864
FIPS code 45-72430[1]
GNIS feature ID 1251197[2]

Travelers Rest, often abbreviated to T.R. is a city in Greenville County, South Carolina, United States. The population was 4,576 at the 2010 census. It is part of the GreenvilleMauldinEasley Metropolitan Statistical Area. Travelers Rest is located between the Blue Ridge Mountains and Greenville, the primary city of The Upstate region. The campus of Furman University is located within the city limits of Travelers Rest, but the university retains a Greenville address based on ZIP code boundary. The name "Travelers Rest" came from the fact that it is situated almost directly against the border with the North Carolina mountains. Travelers would stop for a moment in the town before they began the difficult journey into the mountains.[3] Travelers would often have to spend the winter there, waiting for the snow to clear in the mountains before continuing northward.


  • History 1
  • Geography 2
  • Demographics 3
  • Downtown Revitalization 4
  • Brooke Henson 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


The National Register of Historic Places.[4]


Furman University was incorporated into the City of Travelers Rest on April 18, 2013. The city is the home of the Travelers Rest High School Devildogs. Travelers Rest is located at (34.970100, -82.437814).[5] According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.4 square miles (11.4 km²), all land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 4,099 people, 1,563 households, and 1,137 families residing in the city. The population density was 930.8 people per square mile (359.7/km²). There were 1,729 housing units at an average density of 392.6 per square mile (151.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 77.36% White, 18.30% African American, 0.27% Native American, 1.22% Asian, 1.68% from other races, and 1.17% from two or more races. 4.22% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of race.

There were 1,563 households out of which 38.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.6% were married couples living together, 18.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.2% were non-families. 22.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.60 and the average family size was 3.04.

In the city the population was spread out with 29.9% under the age of 18, 9.6% from 18 to 24, 29.4% from 25 to 44, 20.3% from 45 to 64, and 10.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 93.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.7 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $34,917, and the median income for a family was $38,229. Males had a median income of $30,377 versus $22,634 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,704. About 12.2% of families and 15.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 23.9% of those under age 18 and 11.8% of those age 65 or over.

Downtown Revitalization

Adopted by City Council in November 2006, the "Downtown Revitalization" plan was started to create "elements" in Travelers Rest such as:

  • Points of Interest
  • Branding Concepts
  • Streetscape
  • Buncombe Road Park
  • Infill and Redevelopment

The revitalization efforts have been a resounding success, with new businesses opening, even in a struggling economy. Existing businesses have also had remarkable increases in their sales as well, resulting from additional parking, easier access, and the popularity of the Swamp Rabbit Trail. This revitalization was long overdue and most residents agree, it's the best thing to happen to Travelers Rest in a long time.

Brooke Henson

Brooke Leigh Henson (MPCCN Case File#1220F90), a native of Travelers Rest, has been missing since July 4, 1999. There was a bizarre development in 2007 when a woman named Esther Elizabeth Reed (originally from Montana) apparently stole Henson's identity to register at Columbia University in New York City. She was scheduled to be interviewed by New York police, although the police do not believe she was involved in Ms. Henson's disappearance, but rather was a prolific purchaser of false identity documents. The case was aired on the November 4, 2007 telecast of America's Most Wanted.[8]


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder".  
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names".  
  3. ^ Bailey, Louise (11 April 1988). "For settlers, places told their stories".  
  4. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places.  
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990".  
  6. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  8. ^ Brooke Henson infosite, Brooke Henson infosite, CNN info re Brooke Henson, Travelers Rest Police Dept website, websiteMyrtle Beach online

External links

  • City of Travelers Rest official website
  • - Destination Information for Visitors
  • Greater Travelers Rest Chamber of Commerce
  • The Travelers Rest Tribune
  • ExploreTR
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