The fourth-largest city in South Carolina Spartanburg was incorporated in 1831 and named for the Spartan regiment of the South Carolina militia that fought in the nearby Battle of Cowpens fifty years before, a turning point of the Revolutionary War.
Spartanburg has a diversied economy and some of the larger corporations that call The Hub City home are Milliken & Co, Dennys, QS/1, and Advance America and the large BMW production facility to the west of the city provides a lot of economic stimulus. Several institutions of higher learning call Spartanburg home such as Wofford College, The University of South Carolina Upstate, Converse College, Spartanburg Methodist College, and the excellent Spartanburg Community College. Spartanburg is home to a diverse number of shops and restaurants but probably none is as well-known as the famous Beacon Drive-In featured in several Food Network shows and magazines over the years.
Spartanburg offers a strong urban core with many surrounding small towns and cities for those who prefer a suburban or rural residence. The city offers several annual festivals such as Red White and Boom, Music on Main, Festifall, Retrofest, and A Dickens of a Christmas. Sports fans can catch of glimpse of the Carolina Panthers as they train at Wofford College each year. All in all Spartanburg lives up to its motto, "Historically Southern, culturally modern".
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