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Monterey is located between Calhoun Falls and Abbeville on the Old Calhoun Highway. Records show that the first post office at the Monterey site was established May 6, 1847, in District Ninety Six and William Andrew Giles was appointed postmaster. During the Mexican War, South Carolina troops played an important part No doubt South Carolina had more troops than any other state in the union. Tradition tells us that the Post Office Department in Washington gave the first postmaster the privilege of naming the post office. At about that time the news of the Battle of Monterey was received and the part that South Carolina troops played in the capture of that Mexican stronghold was given wide publicity, especially in South Carolina. Later history tells us that they were among the first troops to climb over the wall of the Mexican city and hoisted the flag which was a South Carolina state flag, carried by Fredrick W. Selleck, a native of Abbeville. So William Andrew Giles, the first postmaster, sent in the name Monterey as a tribute to the South Carolina troops who participated in the Mexican War and Washington approved the name of Monterey and made it a matter of record.
Bull Town is located on the land owned by Mr. J. T. Clinkscales. It is between his home and Rocky River Presbyterian Church on the Old Calhoun Highway. (It would be about six miles from Calhoun Falls.) It was so named in honor of Gov. Bull of Charleston, who made a satisfactory treaty with the Cherokee Indians that brought peace to the settlers of the up country. Later the section became known as Monterey and this took in Bull Town.
(Information from: Names in South Carolina by C.H. Neuffer, Published by the S.C. Dept. of English, USC)
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