Lancaster in Lancaster County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Lancaster & Chester Railway
The Lancaster & Chester Railway, founded in 1896, was originally the Cheraw & Chester Railroad, chartered in 1873. The C&C, which never finished its route, was sold to Col. Leroy Springs (1861-1931) for $25,000 and renamed the Lancaster & Chester Railway. A narrow gauge line, running only 29 miles from Chester to Lancaster, it was later converted to standard gauge track in 1902 at a cost of $125,000.
The L&C carried freight and passengers 1896-1913 but only freight after a 1913 accident. Springsís son Elliott White Springs (1896-1959) succeeded him as President. He named 29 Vice Presidents, one for each mile of the road. This depot, built in 1951 and designed by Joe Croxton, included the L&C offices. From 1902 to 1994 Springs Mills was the L&Cís largest customer, hauling coal and cotton to its plants.
Erected 2008 by Lancaster County Historical Commission. (Marker Number 29-29.)
Location. 34° 42.87′ N, 80° 46.023′ W. Marker is in Lancaster, South Carolina, in Lancaster County. Marker is on South Main Street (U.S. 521) 0.2 miles north of Brooklyn Avenue, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lancaster SC 29720, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. Lancaster (approx. ľ mile away); The Springs Block (approx. 0.3 miles away); Leroy Springs House (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Jail / Robert Mills (approx. 0.4 miles away); Lancasterville Presbyterian Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); Thomas H Davis (approx. 0.4 miles away); Lancaster County Law Enforcement Officers Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); Lancaster County Confederate Monument (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Courthouse Lancaster County / John Simpson (approx. half a mile away); Franklin Academy / Oldest Continuous Public School Site in Lancaster County (approx. half a mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Lancaster.
Regarding Lancaster & Chester Railway. The depot is also museum.
Also see . . .
1. Lancaster & Chester Railway website. (Submitted on October 30, 2009, by Michael Sean Nix of Spartanburg, South Carolina.)
2. Wikipedia entry for the Lancaster & Chester Railway. (Submitted on November 4, 2009, by Michael Sean Nix of Spartanburg, South Carolina.)
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