Hamburg in Aiken County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Western Terminus South Carolina Railroad
Near the foot of this bluff in the old town of Hamburg stood the western terminus of the S.C. Canal and Rail Road Co. Begun in 1830, it was the first steam operated railroad to offer regular passenger service and to carry U.S. mail. Completed in 1833 to this point 136 miles from Charleston, it was the world's longest railroad.
Erected 1962 by Aiken County Historical Commission. (Marker Number 2-2.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the South Carolina, Aiken County Historical Commission marker series.
Location. 33° 28.947′ N, 81° 56.991′ W. Marker is in Hamburg, South Carolina, in Aiken County. Marker is on Jefferson Davis Highway (U.S. 1), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Located at the foot of the State Road 121 southbound ramp at the Savannah River. Marker is in this post office area: North Augusta SC 29841, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Hamburg (here, next to this marker but has been reported missing); Jefferson Davis Bridge (approx. 0.7 miles away in Georgia); Georgia's State Capital (approx. 0.7 miles away in Georgia); The First Academy of Richmond County Fort Augusta (approx. ¾ mile away in Georgia); Railroads (approx. ¾ mile away in Georgia); The Colonial Church of Augusta (approx. 0.8 miles away in Georgia); Five Indian Nations (approx. 0.8 miles away in Georgia); U.S. Marshall Robert Forsyth (approx. 0.8 miles away in Georgia); Washington's Southern Tour (approx. 0.8 miles away in Georgia).
Also see . . .
1. South Carolina Canal and Rail Road Company , Wikipedia entry. The line was a commercial success despite price competition against riverborne traffic and later railroad projects in Georgia. Its initial cost of about $1,000,000 was doubled by early way improvements, at that price still quite economical. (Submitted on February 22, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
2. The South Carolina Canal and Rail Road Company. Henry Shultz and Hamburg, SC Home Page (Submitted on February 24, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 22, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,119 times since then and 37 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on February 24, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.