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Bound For Glory

The Railroad Was A Nation Builder

 
 
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By Mike Stroud, January 2011
1. Bound For Glory Marker
In May 1828, the South Carolina Canal and Railroad Company was formed. William Aiken was its first president.
Inscription. There is no doubt that the railroad defined an American culture and personality that is distinct from its European roots. At its heart, the railroad was a nation builder - the personification of the brash, entrepreneurial spirit that the rest of the world saw in the United States. As early as 1827, William Aiken and Horatio Allen recognized the potential of the railroad to open new markets and to make travel faster and safer. Trains changed American perceptions of time, space, and distance forever and set the stage for later transportation developments like interstate highways and airplanes.

The railroads spurred technological growth and innovation. They affected how people and information were distributed across the country. Railways helped settle the middle and western regions of the United States, and were a source of employment for thousands of new immigrants. They were a catalyst for the development of labor unions.

The power of the railroad as an icon and symbol of American life is revealed time and again through the works of American authors, poets, playwrights, movie-makers, painters, and songwriters. These artists immortalized trains as glamorous, tragic, romantic, sinister, and patriotic settings for the stories of America. Although trains are no longer a part of the everyday
Bound For Glory Marker,(L), seen in the Camden Depot Courtyard image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, January 23, 2011
2. Bound For Glory Marker,(L), seen in the Camden Depot Courtyard
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life of most Americans, they still continue to capture our imagination.

"We reached Sans Souci in quick and double quick time... before any of us had time to determine whether or not it was prudent to be scared."
*Charleston Courier, 1830*
 
Location. 32° 47.336′ N, 79° 56.238′ W. Marker is in Charleston, South Carolina, in Charleston County. Marker is on John Street. Touch for map. Located between King and Meeting Streets. Marker is in this post office area: Charleston SC 29403, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Best Friend of Charleston (here, next to this marker); Building a Nation (here, next to this marker); The Railroad Comes To Charleston (a few steps from this marker); Passengers and Products (within shouting distance of this marker); Camden Depot (within shouting distance of this marker); William Aiken House (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Civil War Submarine, H.L. Hunley (about 500 feet away); The Charleston Museum's Joseph Manigault House (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Charleston.
 
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3. Bound For Glory
These images capture the spirit of excitement, prosperity, and innovation that pervaded American life during the 19th century. (All images courtesy of the Library of Congress)
 the South Carolina Canal and Rail Road Company, Wikipedia entry. ran scheduled steam service over its 136-mile (219 km) line from Charleston, South Carolina, to Hamburg, South Carolina. beginning in 1833. 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. (Submitted on January 28, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
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4. Bound For Glory
Markers in the Old Railyard image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 4, 2011
5. Markers in the Old Railyard
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 28, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 400 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 28, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   5. submitted on September 25, 2011, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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