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Passengers and Products

 
 
Passengers and Products Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, January 2011
1. Passengers and Products Marker
Inscription. Welcome to Camden Tower Courtyard. This space and the warehouses you see along the walkway are a part of the William Aiken House and Associated Railroad Structures National Historic Landmark. This landmark includes the William Aiken House, located at 456 King Street, Camden Depot, Deans Warehouse, the South Carolina Railroad Warehouse located across Ann Street, Line Street Car and Carpenter Shops, and the Tower Passenger Depot. These structures are nationally important because of their role in the development of the railroad industry in the United States.

The landmark is named for William Aiken,Sr., who provided both men and money to help establish the South Carolina Canal & Rail Company in 1827. He was an outspoken proponent of the railroad's economic and social benefits to the City, and was a member of a special committee appointed by the Chamber of Commerce to"inquire into the cost, revenue, and advantages of a rail road communication between the City of Charleston and the Towns of Hamburg and Augusta."

At the far end of this courtyard are two Gothic Revival-style towers that flanked the entrance to Camden Depot. Behind you is the two-story Tower Passenger Depot. It too, was construicted in the Gothic Revival style in the 1850s. Because of its design, trains had to back into the building to unload passengers. Needless
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Passengers and Products Marker, courtesy of the Library of Congress
2. Passengers and Products Marker
to say, this inconvenient arrangement caused the railroad to convert the terminal to a freight warehouse in 1852.

More information about Camden Depot and the South Carolina Canal & Rail Road Company is presented at several locations along the courtyard.
An alternate version of the text is available at the Visitors Center.

"On a Rail Road, a traveler may enjoy all the ease, convience, and safety, afforded by the best steam boats, with equal celerity and less motion."
* Report of a Special Committee of the Chamber of Commerce, 1828*

(Maps courtesy of the Library of Congress, Photograph courtesy of the Charleston Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society )
 
Location. 32° 47.322′ N, 79° 56.222′ W. Marker is in Charleston, South Carolina, in Charleston County. Marker can be reached from John Street, on the left when traveling east. Click for map. Located between King and Meeting Streets, Camden Depot Courtyard. Marker is in this post office area: Charleston SC 29403, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Railroad Comes To Charleston (within shouting distance of this marker); The Best Friend of Charleston (within shouting distance of this marker); Building a Nation
Passengers and Products Marker image. Click for full size.
courtesy of the Charleston Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society, January 23, 2011
3. Passengers and Products Marker
In the late 1800s, this was a vibrant industrial part of the City. Businesses and warehouses were all located here and served the railroad. The large map shows the depot area in 1879.
(within shouting distance of this marker); Bound For Glory (within shouting distance of this marker); Camden Depot (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Civil War Submarine, H.L. Hunley (about 500 feet away); William Aiken House (about 500 feet away); The Joseph Manigault House (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Charleston.
 
Regarding Passengers and Products. National Register of Historic Places:
Aiken, William, House and Associated Railroad Structures *** (added 1966 - District - #66000698)
456 King St., Charleston
•Historic Significance: Event
•Area of Significance: Transportation
•Period of Significance: 1800-1824, 1825-1849, 1850-1874
•Owner: Private
•Historic Function: Commerce/Trade,
•Domestic,Transportation Historic Sub-function: Rail-Related, Secondary Structure, Single Dwelling, Warehouse
•Current Function: Commerce/Trade, Recreation And Culture, Transportation
• Current Sub-function: Museum, Professional, Rail-Related
 
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Passengers and Products Marker, at the Camden Depot Courtyard image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, January 2011
4. Passengers and Products Marker, at the Camden Depot Courtyard
a list of markers that are related to this marker. the relationship, study markers shown.
 
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Passengers and Products Marker, along John Street, at the Camden Depot Courtyard image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, January 2011
5. Passengers and Products Marker, along John Street, at the Camden Depot Courtyard
Passengers and Products Marker, The Tower Passenger Depot, as mentioned image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, January 2011
6. Passengers and Products Marker, The Tower Passenger Depot, as mentioned
37 John Street was originally named The Tower Depot, designed by Charleston architect Edward C. Jones and built between 1849 and 1850. The Gothic Revival style building originally had a three-story tower, which projected into John Street and served as the main entrance for a passenger depot for the South Carolina Railroad. Sadly, the original tower was destroyed in the earthquake of 1886 and subsequently, The Tower Depot became part of the Charleston Bagging & Manufacturing Company plant and was used as a warehouse for many years. Finally, the Bennett Hofford Company facilitated its’ amazing transformation into the Charleston Music Hall in 1995.
Passengers and Products , SC RR Warehouse image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, January 23, 2011
7. Passengers and Products , SC RR Warehouse
as mentioned, on Ann Street
Passengers and Products , Camden Depot entrance, as mentioned image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, January 23, 2011
8. Passengers and Products , Camden Depot entrance, as mentioned
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 406 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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