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Beech Island, South Carolina
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Coordinates: 33°25′39″N 81°53′27″W / 33.42750°N 81.89083°W / 33.42750; -81.89083Coordinates: 33°25′39″N 81°53′27″W / 33.42750°N 81.89083°W / 33.42750; -81.89083
Country  United States of America
State  South Carolina
County Aiken
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 7,675
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
29842
Area codes 803, 839
GNIS feature ID 1245034

Beech Island is an unincorporated community in Aiken County, South Carolina, United States. According to tradition, the community was first named "Beech Highland" on account of its lofty elevation, and over time the H was dropped, causing the present name to be adopted.

Beech Island was primarily an agricultural community before the 1950s. Cotton, wheat, corn, and soybean were the major crops. This changed with the construction of Urquhart Station Power Station and the nearby Savannah River Nuclear Project. New highways were built to accommodate the workers commuting to the Nuclear Project. Commerce grew and the community began to change. In the 1960s Kimberly-Clark built a large manufacturing facility on what was once farmland, creating more jobs. The boom, however, was short-lived.

Beech Island's most famous resident was James Brown, who lived there for the last few decades of his life on a 60-acre (240,000 m2) estate. Brown is buried in the Thomas Family Home Crypt on Beech Island.

The Cedars, Fort Moore-Savano Town Site, Redcliffe Plantation State Historic Site, Oakland Plantation, and Zubly Cemetery are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Beech Island is also home to most of the television transmitters that serve the Augusta, GA MSA.

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Beech Island is also home to most of the television transmitters that serve the Augusta, GA MSA.

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