Charleston in Charleston County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
South Carolina Canal & Rail Road Company
Original Track Location
Began first successful scheduled
steam railroad service in America
on December 25, 1830, and by 1833
its 136 miles from Charleston
to Hamburg made it the world's
longest railroad. Now a part of
Southern Railway System.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Railroads & Streetcars. A significant historical date for this entry is December 25, 1830.
Location. 32° 47.843′ N, 80° 1.962′ W. Marker is in Charleston, South Carolina, in Charleston County. Original Track Location in Charleston city (South Carolina Department of Archives and History) Present Day, Located at "The Best Friend of Charleston Railway Museum" The Citadel Mall ... Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2070 Sam Rittenberg Drive, Charleston SC 29407, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Maryville (approx. 2.3 miles away); Hints of Slave Row (approx. 2.7 miles away); Site of Old Charles Town (approx. 2.7 miles away); 300th Anniversary of the Settlement of Charles Towne (approx. 2.7 miles away); In TrustThe Search Goes On (approx. 2.8 miles away); Charles Towne / Old Town Plantation (approx. 2.8 miles away); Stained Dirt?! (approx. 2.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Charleston.
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1. South Carolina Canal and Railroad Company, from Wikipedia. At that time it was the longest railroad in the world. It was also known as the Charleston and Hamburg Railroad, although it is unclear if that was a legal name, a subsidiary name, or just a nickname. In 1844, this line merged with the South Carolina Rail Road, which had replaced the abortive Louisville, Cincinnati and Charleston Railroad in December 1843. The first locomotive was the Best Friend of Charleston of 1830; by 1834 the line had purchased a total of 15 locomotives and scheduled one daily run in each direction. (Submitted on May 5, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
2. The Best Friend of Charleston Railway Museum. (Submitted on May 5, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on May 5, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,019 times since then and 47 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on May 5, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. 4. submitted on May 5, 2012.