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Augusta in Richmond County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Railroads

 
 
Railroads (in Augusta )Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, July 2008
1. Railroads (in Augusta )Marker
Inscription. Business interests in Charleston, South Carolina financed the construction of America's first commercial railroad in 1833 in an effort to capture a greater share of the upland cotton, was formerly transported by raft or steamboat to Savannah, Charleston's rival port. The South Carolina Railroad track was laid from Charleston to Hamburg, a town opposite Augusta on the Carolina side of the river. At that time the line was the longest in the world. The first locomotive to make the run was proudly named "The Best Friend Of Charleston."

   During the same year, the Georgia Railroad was chartered in response to the agitation of interior Georgia towns anxious to get rail connections with the river at Augusta. Although Charleston and the middle Georgia towns had wanted the South Carolina and Georgia railroads connected, Augusta leaders stood firmly against any junction of the two lines within its city boundary, fearful that Augusta would lose its strategic position as a commercial center and sink to the status of a way station.

   Only after Charleston threatened to negotiate a river crossing elsewhere, and bypass Augusta altogether, was the bridge permitted to cross into Georgia.

   Railroad expansion in the latter nineteenth century brought numerous new lines to the city.
 
Location.
a 4-6-0 engine of the Augusta Southern Railroad, as seen on marker image. Click for full size.
By Railroads Marker, July 26, 2008
2. a 4-6-0 engine of the Augusta Southern Railroad, as seen on marker
"... an engine of the Augusta Southern Railroad photographed in 1907."
33° 28.589′ N, 81° 57.646′ W. Marker is in Augusta, Georgia, in Richmond County. Marker can be reached from River Walk near between 6th & 7th Sts. Touch for map. Along Savannah River. Marker is in this post office area: Augusta GA 30901, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fort Augusta (here, next to this marker); The Colonial Church of Augusta (a few steps from this marker); Five Indian Nations (a few steps from this marker); Washington's Southern Tour (within shouting distance of this marker); U.S. Marshall Robert Forsyth (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Augusta ~ Fort Cornwallis / St. Paul's Episcopal Church (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Colonel William Few, Jr. (about 500 feet away); Major Ferdinand Phinizy (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Augusta.
 
Also see . . .  The Georgia Railroad Company. (Submitted on August 13, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
 
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Above, a schedule of the South Carolina Railroad, shown on marker image. Click for full size.
By Railroads Marker, July 26, 2008
3. Above, a schedule of the South Carolina Railroad, shown on marker
"...a schedule of the South Carolina Railroad from the 1842 Augusta City Directory."
Todays Railroad bridge across the Savannah River at Augusta, Georgia image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2008
4. Todays Railroad bridge across the Savannah River at Augusta, Georgia
Bridge across the Savannah image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2008
5. Bridge across the Savannah
former Georgia Railroad Depot in Atlanta image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, August 12, 2007
6. former Georgia Railroad Depot in Atlanta
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 13, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,241 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on August 13, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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