Fort Mill, SC
Fort Mill was founded in 1755 when the Catawba Indians gifted 4,535 acres to settler Thomas Spratt. An early gristmill and a proposed fort gave the town its name, and it was officially incorporated in 1873.
Rock Hill, SC
Although some European settlers had already arrived in the Rock Hill area in the 1830s and 1840s, Rock Hill did not become an actual town until the Charlotte and South Carolina Railroad Company made the decision to send a rail line through the area. However, the locals in Ebenezerville refused to have the railroad run through their village since they considered it dirty and noisy. Instead, engineers and surveyors decided to run the line two miles away by a local landmark. According to some accounts, the engineers marked the spot on the map and named it "rocky hill."