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Hilton Head Island in Beaufort County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Charlie Simmons, Sr.

“Mr. Transportation”
1905~2005

 
 
Charlie Simmons, Sr. Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2011
1. Charlie Simmons, Sr. Marker
Inscription. Before the Island's first bridge, Charlie Simmons, Sr., became known as "Mr. Transportation" amoung the local community, which was made up of descendants of freed slaves following the Civil War.
Until the late 1920's sailboats were the primary means of transportation to and from the Island. Mr. Simmons bought the first locally owned motorboat. That boat meant that Islanders could make three trips to Savannah each week, rather than one. Mr. Simmons also ran a general store, and when Islanders asked for an item he didn't have, he would have it the next day. Mr. Simmons' boats served a vital role in transporting goods and people to the Island.
 
Erected 2010 by Town of Hilton Head Island.
 
Location. 32° 12.795′ N, 80° 44.823′ W. Marker is in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, in Beaufort County. Marker is on Spanish Wells Road, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Located approx. 500 feet south of William Hilton Parkway US 278. Marker is in this post office area: Hilton Head Island SC 29926, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. William Simmons House (approx. one mile away); Hilton Head Island Veterans Memorial (approx. 2.4 miles away);
Charlie Simmons, Sr. Marker, looking south along Spanish Wells Road image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, March 6, 2011
2. Charlie Simmons, Sr. Marker, looking south along Spanish Wells Road
Pinckney Island (approx. 2.5 miles away); Charles Cotesworth Pinckney (approx. 2.5 miles away); First African Baptist Church (approx. 2.5 miles away); a different marker also named First African Baptist Church (approx. 2.5 miles away); World’s Largest Figurative Sundial (approx. 2.5 miles away); In Memoriam (approx. 2.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hilton Head Island.
 
Also see . . .  'Mr. Transportation' was Hilton Head's lifeline, by Tom Barton November 29, 2010. (Submitted on March 22, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceWaterways & Vessels
 
Charlie Simmons, Sr. Marker, Located approx. 500 feet south of William Hilton Parkway US 278 image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, March 6, 2011
3. Charlie Simmons, Sr. Marker, Located approx. 500 feet south of William Hilton Parkway US 278
Today's Hilton Head Island Bridge, as mentioned image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, March 6, 2011
4. Today's Hilton Head Island Bridge, as mentioned
Hilton Head Island on the left,east, Pinckney Island at right, west
Spans the Inter-Coastal Waterway here
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 21, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 835 times since then and 62 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 21, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.
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