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Simpsonville in Greenville County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Old Stage Road / Railroads in Simpsonville

 
 
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By Brian Scott, December 15, 2011
1. Old State Road Marker
Inscription.
Old Stage Road
The town of Simpsonville grew up around a stagecoach stop nearby operated by Thomas Goldsmith (1788-1868). Goldsmith's house, on the Old Stage Road from Laurens to Greenville, was near a crossroads where the Old Stage Road met an old Cherokee trail, later known as Georgia Road. The road was the main route through this area ca. 1820-ca. 1870. The railroad arrived in 1885-86 when the Greenville & Laurens Railroad completed its line through the town.

Railroads in Simpsonville
Main Street was laid out parallel to the tracks, and the railroad ushered in a period of rapid growth and prosperity. The G&L RR and its successor the Port Royal & Western Carolina Railway were absorbed by the Charleston & Western Carolina Railway in 1896. The Atlantic Coast Line RR took control of the C&WC in 1897 and operated it until 1959. The first passenger and freight depot here was demolished in the 1970s.
 
Erected 2011 by Ralph and Virginia Hendricks Foundation. (Marker Number 23-49.)
 
Location. 34° 44.2′ N, 82° 15.317′ W. Marker is in Simpsonville, South Carolina, in Greenville County. Marker is on South Main Street, on the left when traveling north.
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By Brian Scott, December 15, 2011
2. Old State Road Marker
Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 125 South Main Street, Simpsonville SC 29681, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Hendricks' Plaza (within shouting distance of this marker); Simpsonville Clock Tower (within shouting distance of this marker); Simpsonville (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lawrence Lafayette Richardson, M.D. (about 800 feet away); Simpsonville Cotton Mill / Woodside Mill (approx. 0.2 miles away); Simpsonville Baptist Church (approx. mile away); Holy Cross Episcopal Church Labyrinth (approx. 0.3 miles away); Simpsonville Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Old Arbor (approx. 3 miles away); The Old Oak Tree (approx. 3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Simpsonville.
 
Also see . . .
1. City of Simpsonville, S.C. Official website of the City of Simpsonville, S.C. (Submitted on December 15, 2011, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

2. Simpsonville, South Carolina. Simpsonville is a city in Greenville County, South Carolina, United States. (Submitted on December 15, 2011, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

3. Greenville and Laurens Railroad. The Greenville and
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By Brian Scott, December 15, 2011
3. Railroads in Simpsonville Marker
Laurens Railroad was a railroad that served the South Carolina Upstate region in the late 19th century. (Submitted on December 15, 2011, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

4. Port Royal and Western Carolina Railway. The Port Royal and Western Carolina Railway was a Southestern railroad company formed in 1886 by the merger of the Augusta and Knoxville Railroad, the Greenwood, Laurens and Spartanburg Railroad, the Savannah Valley Railroad and the Greenville and Laurens Railroad, which then joined with Port Royal and Augusta Railway. (Submitted on December 15, 2011, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

5. Charleston and Western Carolina Railway. The Charleston and Western Carolina Railway (C&WC) was formed in 1896 to operate the lines of the former Port Royal and Augusta Railway (PR&A) and the Port Royal and Western Carolina Railway (PR&WC). (Submitted on December 15, 2011, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

6. Atlantic Coast Line Railroad. The Atlantic Coast Line Railroad (reporting mark ACL) was an American railroad that existed between 1900 and 1967, when it merged with the Seaboard Air Line Railroad, its long-time rival, to form the Seaboard Coast Line Railroad. (Submitted on December 15, 2011, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 
 
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By Brian Scott, December 15, 2011
4. Railroads in Simpsonville Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 15, 2011, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 597 times since then and 41 times this year. Last updated on December 16, 2011, by Anna Inbody of Columbia, South Carolina. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 15, 2011, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.
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