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Belton's origins are closely related to the rising interest in railroads, giving the town the nickname of "Child of the Railroad". Citizens from all over South Carolina met in the area to establish the Columbia and Greenville Railroad Company. A spur line was created to connect to Anderson and eventually, hotels, shops and rest areas were added along with the depot. This growth led to the charter of Belton in 1855. The town was named after the first Columbia and Greenville Railroad Company President, Mr. John Belton O'Neall. Belton's Standpipe acts as a major symbol for the town, which is the tallest of the 3 that remain in South Carolina. Belton's unique history of the railroad and booming cotton mills is a wonderful addition to the heritage of Anderson County.