Alcolu, South Carolina

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Alcolu, South Carolina
Census-designated place & Unincorporated community (CDP)
Alcolu, South Carolina is located in South Carolina
Alcolu, South Carolina
Alcolu, South Carolina
Coordinates: 33°45′04″N 80°12′51″W / 33.75111°N 80.21417°W / 33.75111; -80.21417Coordinates: 33°45′04″N 80°12′51″W / 33.75111°N 80.21417°W / 33.75111; -80.21417
Country United States
State South Carolina
County Clarendon
 • Total 4.570 sq mi (11.84 km2)
 • Land 4.549 sq mi (11.78 km2)
 • Water 0.021 sq mi (0.05 km2)
Elevation 125 ft (38 m)
Population (2012)
 • Total 455
 • Density 100/sq mi (38/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 29001
Area code(s) 803
GNIS feature ID 1230998[2]

Alcolu is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in Clarendon County, South Carolina. As of the 2010 census, its population was 429.[3] Alcolu has a post office with ZIP code 29001, which opened on August 17, 1888.[4][5]


Alcolu was established between 1885 and 1890 by D.W. Alderman and Sons as a mill town for their lumber company. The name Alcolu is derived from “Al” as in Alderman, “Co” as in Coldwell (a friend), and “Lu” as in Lula, the only daughter of the Aldermans at that time. In 1947 the mill was sold by the Alderman family to Williams Furniture Company. Williams merged with Georgia Pacific in 1968.