J. Gary Anderson (1861-1937) was another of the powerhouse businessmen who moved to Rock Hill and transformed the city. He first began with the construction of wagons and buggies needed in post Civil War York County’s economic revitalization and growth. His Rock Hill buggy company was turned out hundreds of fashionable buggies by the late 19th century and employing dozens of workers at the manufacturing facilities on Laurel Street, not far from the cemetery. He later dropped the manufacture of buggies for new automobiles and was highly successful in selling lovely new Anderson Automobiles. He was very progressive and hoped to sell what was then a new design, an aluminum engine block. The failure of this design and subsequent business and financial pressured formed the closing of the Anderson Auto Factory which remains one of Rock Hill’s most interesting and highly respected undertakings even in 2014.
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