City Directories and History: 1917 – J.F. Isom, 1938 – Anderson Body Works, 1963 – NA
The RH Record Nov. 16, 1914 – “J.C. Hardin and C.S. McCrorey have bought the business known as the Rock Hill Furniture Co., on East Black Street from T.M. and C.M. Whisonant and C.A. Drennon. ”
The Yorkville Enquirer of Feb. 2, 1917 reported that the RH Furniture Co., has been chartered with capital of $10,000. The officers are: James C. Hardin, Pres. and Jesse Harris, Sec. – Treasurer.
This was the location of the Hardin & McCrorey Company (J.C. Hardin & Co.), a successful business both selling and repairing buggies, farm equipment, and more. It was from this business that the Hardin family grew the Rock Hill Body Company on West Main Street.
The City of Rock Hill began their urban renewal project to transform the city in the late 1960s and it continued into the early 1970s. It involved the demolition of hundreds of homes and private businesses in the African American area as well as the East Black, West Black, Johnston, Hampton, and Trade Street corridors were all affected. Within a short span, nearly 40% of Rock Hill’s older downtown buildings were destroyed to provide economic opportunities, benefiting a few businessman. As part of this action, the railroad lines were moved and a new bridge crossing over Black Street was built to also alleviate traffic jams created by trains but in doing so, the old Rock Hill Depot building was also razed.
But the most transformative aspect of the move was to add municipal buildings to the landscape; the Rock Hill City Hall, the Center for Aging, the Library and the Rock Hill Police Department buildings.
Also see the Urban Renewal image for a 1950’s look at the area.
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