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Turbeville in Clarendon County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Turbeville R.R. Depot

 
 
Turbeville R.R. Depot Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 23, 2009
1. Turbeville R.R. Depot Marker
Inscription.  On spur of Black River Cypress Co.
that ran from Alderman R.R. at
Seloc into Diles Bay
150 Yds. →
E C Hist. Sites - 2000
 
Erected 2000 by Turbeville Ruritan Club. (Marker Number 15.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Railroads & Streetcars. A significant historical year for this entry is 2000.
 
Location. 33° 53.394′ N, 80° 1.263′ W. Marker is in Turbeville, South Carolina, in Clarendon County. Marker is on U.S. 378, on the right when traveling west. Located west of State Road 14-119/ US 301 Intersection. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Turbeville SC 29162, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Burning of Mouzon's Home by his "Friend" (within shouting distance of this marker); Battle of Tearcoat (within shouting distance of this marker); Turpentine Still (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Puddin’ Swamp 1776 – The Frontier (about 700 feet away); East Clarendon (approx. 0.2 miles away); Pine Grove / Turbeville School
Turbeville R.R. Depot Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 23, 2009
2. Turbeville R.R. Depot Marker
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(approx. 0.4 miles away); Miller H. Mellette Highway (approx. one mile away); " Ebenezer " (approx. 7.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Turbeville.
 
Additional commentary.
1. Historic Error
The railroad was built by D W Alderman who branched a logging line north past Turbeville on the west to reach Dials Bay and later Woods Bay.
The Alderman & Sons Railroad was built to Coles Crossroads in 1895. The Dials Bay branch was built at this time. Alderman changed the Alcolu to Coles Crossroads line to become the Alcolu Railroad in 1902. The logging line to Dials Bay was NOT part of the Alcolu.
In 1904 Alderman was very active in Dials Bay very near Shiloh in Sumter County. A laborer attacked Forrest Collins in June of 1904, and Collins shot him to stop him. The laborer died the next day.

Black River Cypress Company built a mill at Gable in 1914 on the east bank of the Black River. In 1916, Alderman agreed to have BRCL use the branch liner and run their own trains in to harvest cypress trees in "Dyals Bay"

It is WRONG to indicate that BRCL built the branch when it was built 21 years earlier by Alderman.

The history
Turbeville R.R. Depot Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 23, 2009
3. Turbeville R.R. Depot Marker
of this railroad is clouded with guesses and errors, so I am sure this story seemed logical at the time.

Tom Fetters, rail historian
    — Submitted March 31, 2016, by tom Fetters of Lombard, Illinois.
 
Trackside warehouses of yesteryear only visible signs of railroad days, seen today image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 23, 2009
4. Trackside warehouses of yesteryear only visible signs of railroad days, seen today
The view from the marker, looking in direction (north) of the marker's arrow. Warehouses beyond 150 yards as mentioned.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on November 22, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 939 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 22, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.

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