"C" is for Central [Pickens County; population 3,522]. The town of Central came into being when the Atlantic and Richmond Air Line [later the Southern Railroad] laid a track through Pickens County in 1873. The location of the future town was midway between Atlanta and Charlotte and the company chose the site to locate its repair operations. “Central Station” contained shops for railway workers, and engines were refueled and changed using a roundtable. A depot, residences, and stores soon opened thereafter. In 1875, the town was incorporated.