Aerial view of the Lancaster Mill of Springs Industries, in Lancaster, August 1946. The community of Lancaster is the county seat of Lancaster County, named for the Lancaster, Pennsylvania, home of the original Scots-Irish settlers of the region. The county was one of the new judicial districts created by the legislature in 1785, and the area was an important skirmishing ground between Banastre Tarleton and backcountry militia during the American Revolution. The Springs family began their textile manufacturing businesses here in the early 20th century; Elliott White Springs performed aerial stunts over this plant when he returned from his career as a World War I flying ace.
Courtesy of the South Caroliniana Library.