Saluda Grade

Saluda is famed  as the steepest railroad standard gauge grade in the United States of America. On July 4, 1879 at eleven in the morning the very first passenger train came up the Saluda Grade.  The area was named not from its reputation for moonshining as most people believe, but because in 1832 it was the only area that voted against the nullification act which gave South Carolina the right to ignore federal mandates.  A local politician said in one of his speeches that this was a dark corner where the light of Nullification could never shine.