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Orangeburg photo tour pt. 1

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I came home this past Sunday afternoon, and since it was bright and sunny out, I decided to venture around town and take a few shots before I went to see the relatives. I promised it, and here it is. I'm not a stellar photographer by any means, so take the photos for what they're worth. I also had to resize them, so the resolution isn't that great, but you can get a feel for what I was trying to capture. :thumbsup:

Some history about Orangeburg: The City of Orangeburg was founded by an Indian trader named George Sterling in 1704. The town was named in honor of William IV, Prince of Orange the husband of Princess Anne daughter of George II of England. The City of Orangeburg was incorporated in 1883. It encompasses approximately 6.38 square miles and has a population of 12,765 citizens, according to the 2000 census.

Shall we begin?

At the intersection of Russell (the city's main street) and Doyle, looking west

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Some shops along Russell (with my car in the foreground with my proud Palmetto and crescent moon decal)

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Looking west on Russell

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A mural on the side of a building

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A closer look

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Shots of the beautiful town square

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Closer look at the monument; I think it's dedicated to all fallen soldiers in the region

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An obelisk memorial (to law enforcement officers, I think)

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Some historic cannons. I think they have Civil War significance

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A closer look at the bricks, noting individuals/groups that contributed to the streetscaping

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I want to say that this is the old courthouse, but I'm not sure

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First Baptist Church sign

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The church building itself (with a magnificent old tree in the foreground)

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City hall and Stevenson Municipal Auditorium

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Looking north on Middleton

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Looking east on Saint John Street (old 1920's or so hotel in background)

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Looking east on Russell

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Historic Trinity United Methodist Church

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Historic Tingley Hall on the campus of Claflin University

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Attached is a historic marker located in the town square; I wanted to keep it its original size so that the writing on it could be read.

Orangeburg loves Palmetto trees; can't you tell? :P

Look out for part II soon, which will include some photos of Edisto Memorial Gardens! :thumbsup:

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I have never been to Orangeburg and from what I had heard, I never really desired to do so, but I must say that i'm impressed. Great pictures! I like what I see!!!! :thumbsup:

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Nice. I have been to Orangeburg once, but I was young, and I don't recall being downtown. It looks great though... thanks for sharing these photos! I didn't realize how nice looking it was. The stereo type is that it is not what you see here. That is unfortunate.

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I'm not exactly sure why it seems as though Orangeburg gets a bad rep statewide...it could be because of the crime situation here that seems to be a little higher than in other cities of similar size. Other than that, I haven't really felt unsafe in Orangeburg. As with any other place, you just have to know which areas to avoid at certain times.

Thanks for the compliments you guys. Since it doesn't seem as though I'll be going anywhere this weekend, I guess I can get started on part II. ;)

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The pictures do look nice, but these areas most be off the beaten path somewhat. I have driven through the town a few times, although not too recently. The major streets through the city don't look any different than the typical SC city. Edisto gardens is very nice though.

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No vicupstate, this is the heart of the city, Russell Street; that's the setting of most of the pictures. The other thoroughfares don't look any different than most other cities, as you've stated, but I would say that "center city" Orangeburg looks better than the average 30,000-resident urban area, at least based on aesthetics.

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thanks for sharing kraz!! it looked a bit deserted to me though. you mentioned it was a city with 30K people, where are they all? were the shots just taken in an off time, or did you intentionally get shots without people and cars?

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thanks for sharing kraz!!  it looked a bit deserted to me though.  you mentioned it was a city with 30K people, where are they all?  were the shots just taken in an off time, or did you intentionally get shots without people and cars?

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