Charleston in Charleston County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Passengers and Products
The landmark is named for William Aiken,Sr., who provided both men and money to help establish the South Carolina Canal & Rail Company in 1827. He was an outspoken proponent of the railroad's economic and social benefits to the City, and was a member of a special committee appointed by the Chamber of Commerce to"inquire into the cost, revenue, and advantages of a rail road communication between the City of Charleston and the Towns of Hamburg and Augusta."
At the far end of this courtyard are two Gothic Revival-style towers that flanked the entrance to Camden Depot. Behind you is the two-story Tower Passenger Depot. It too, was construicted in the Gothic Revival style in the 1850s. Because of its design, trains had to back into the building to unload passengers. Needless
More information about Camden Depot and the South Carolina Canal & Rail Road Company is presented at several locations along the courtyard.
An alternate version of the text is available at the Visitors Center.
"On a Rail Road, a traveler may enjoy all the ease, convience, and safety, afforded by the best steam boats, with equal celerity and less motion."
* Report of a Special Committee of the Chamber of Commerce, 1828*
(Maps courtesy of the Library of Congress, Photograph courtesy of the Charleston Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society )
Location. 32° 47.322′ N, 79° 56.222′ W. Marker is in Charleston, South Carolina, in Charleston County. Marker can be reached from John Street, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Located between King and Meeting Streets, Camden Depot Courtyard. 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 Railroad Comes To Charleston (within shouting distance of this marker); The Best Friend of Charleston (within shouting distance of this marker); Building a Nation Bound For Glory (within shouting distance of this marker); Camden Depot (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Civil War Submarine, H.L. Hunley (about 500 feet away); William Aiken House (about 500 feet away); The Joseph Manigault House (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Charleston.
Regarding Passengers and Products. National Register of Historic Places:
Aiken, William, House and Associated Railroad Structures *** (added 1966 - District - #66000698)
456 King St., Charleston
•Historic Significance: Event
•Area of Significance: Transportation
•Period of Significance: 1800-1824, 1825-1849, 1850-1874
•Historic Function: Commerce/Trade,
•Domestic,Transportation Historic Sub-function: Rail-Related, Secondary Structure, Single Dwelling, Warehouse
•Current Function: Commerce/Trade, Recreation And Culture, Transportation
• Current Sub-function: Museum, Professional, Rail-Related
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Categories. • Industry & Commerce • Railroads & Streetcars •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 1, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 439 times since then and 38 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on February 1, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.