Greenville in Greenville County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
At first the railroads were individually owned. After the Civil War the Southern Railway company turned them into one large system. This made Greenville easily accessible from Atlanta to New York.
Vardry McBee lured early railroad lines to Greenville.
The Greenville & Columbia passenger depot was located in a former residence at the corner of Augusta and Beattie (now Field) Streets. Its first passenger pulled into the terminus on Decemeber 8, 1853.
Location. 34° 50.6′ N, 82° 24.467′ W. Marker is in Greenville, South Carolina, in Greenville County. Marker is on South Main Street/Pendleton Street (State Highway 124), on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Greenville SC 29601, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Cigar Factory (within shouting distance of this marker); Clay Buchholz (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Jim Rice (about 600 feet away); Tommy Lasorda (about 600 feet away); Lou Brissie (about 600 feet away); Al Rosen (about 600 feet away); Joe Anders (about 600 feet away); Chino Smith (about 600 feet away); Nolan Ryan (about 600 feet away); John Smoltz (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Greenville.
Also see . . .
1. Greenville and Columbia railroad (South Carolina). Construction on G&C was started in late 1840s & finished in 1853. (Submitted on March 31, 2010, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
2. Greenville & Columbia. This road was chartered in 1845, construction began in 1849 and was completed in 1854. (Submitted on March 31, 2010, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
3. Southern Railway Historical Association. The Southern Railway Historical Association, Inc. is a nonprofit educational/historical organization chartered in North Carolina for the preservation and dissemination of information related to the Southern Railway, it's predecessors and affiliates. (Submitted on March 31, 2010, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
1. Vardry McBee
Vardry McBee was perhaps the most pivotal figure in the history of our city and Greenville County as a whole. thanks to his business acumen and impressive foresight for how the community could grow and prosper.
A product of the Carolina frontier, McBee was born in 1775 on the eve of the American Revolution, a conflict that would prove formative in his early years. Both his father and older brother fought with the Patriots, at King's
McBee opened the first textile mill on the Reedy River, but he saw value in a diversified economy. In his private business life, that meant he owned two flour mills, a cotton factory, and wool and paper mills. Publicly, even as he approached his 80s, it led him to champion the construction of a railroad line that connected Columbia and Greenville. In 1853, this line became the first rail to serve the community, and it would eventually become a turning point in the economy of the town. (Source: G: The Magazine of Greenville, Jan/Feb 09, pg 66.)
— Submitted March 31, 2010, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.
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