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Gaffney Police Department, Cherokee
Richard E Turner(Chief of Police)
PO Box 2109,
Gaffney, SC, 29342
(864)489-8115
rramsey@gaffneypd.org
http://www.gaffneypd.org/

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The city of Gaffney, also called "Peach Capital of South Carolina" encompasses the following counties: Cherokee. Gaffney's government is comprised of the Mayor, who is currently Henry Jolly.

Gaffney encompasses land area: 7.9 sq mi (20.4 km2), water area: 0.0 sq mi (0.1 km2). The elevation is 804 ft (245 m) above sea level. This equates to a population density of 1,571.4/sq mi (608.5/km2). The local time zone is Eastern (EST) (UTC-5).

Zip codes in Gaffney include 29340-29341-29342. Local area codes are 864. The Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) code for the city is 45-28060, which is used in computer filings when non-government agencies and contractors fulfill government contracts. Additional information and the official website of the city is found at cityofgaffney-sc.gov.

Gaffney is a city in and the county seat of Cherokee County, South Carolina, United States, in the upstate region of South Carolina. Gaffney is also sometimes referred to as the Peach capital of South Carolina. The population was 12,414 at the 2010 census. It is the principal city of the Gaffney, South Carolina, Micropolitan Statistical Area (population 52,537 according to year 2000 estimates by the U.S. Census Bureau), an ┬ÁSA which includes all of Cherokee County and which is further included in the greater Greenville-Spartanburg-Anderson, South Carolina Combined Statistical Area (population 1,185,534 according to year 2005 U.S. Census Bureau estimates).

Michael A. Gaffney, born in Granard, Co. Longford, Ireland, in 1775, emigrated to America in 1797, arriving in New York and moving to Charleston, South Carolina a few years later. Gaffney moved again in 1804 to the South Carolina Upcountry (The Upstate) and established a tavern and lodging house at what became known as 'Gaffney's Cross Roads.' The location was perfect for growth because of the two major roads which met here, one from the mountains of North Carolina to Charleston and the other from Charlotte into Georgia. Michael Gaffney died here on September 6, 1854.

In 1872, the area became known as 'Gaffney City.' Gaffney became the county seat of Cherokee County which was formed out of parts of York, Union, and Spartanburg Counties in 1897. Gaffney became a major center for the textile industry in South Carolina, which was the backbone of the county's economy up until the 1980s.


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