History of Rock Hill
With a rich history and prosperous future, Rock Hill USA embodies progress through vision.
Rock Hill was named for a flint hill of rock that was in the way of the Charlotte and South Carolina Railroad Company, which was building a rail line for Charlotte, NC to Columbia, SC. Much of this rock was removed to make way for the railroad, which built a depot at the site that eventually became known as Rock Hill. The city dates its history back to April 17,1852--the day the Rock Hill Post Office opened. The town was officially incorporated in 1870. Rock Hill grandly celebrated its centennial in 1952 and its sesquicentennial in 2002.
- The symbols of the city are the four Civitas statues on Dave Lyle Boulevard. Each of them hold a disc that symbolize the four different industries of the city.
- Rock Hill was home to the late Vernon Grant, a commercial artist best known as the creator of Snap, Crackle and Pop, the longtime cartoon mascots of Rice Krispies cereal. Grant was also known for this many depictions of Santa Claus, as well as his creation of Glen the Frog, the mascot of Rock Hill's annual spring festival, Come See Me. His artwork is also celebrated during the annual ChristmasVille holiday festival.