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Williston in Barnwell County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

The Best Friend

The Railroad

 
 
The Best Friend Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, July 2008
1. The Best Friend Marker
Inscription. Throughout the ages, good transportation has been vital in setting one area apart from another. Whether for communication, industrial growth, or simply visitation, the people well knew the necessity of quick and easy travel. What began as a mere dream in 1825 soon escalated into a record- setting run of tracks finally completed in 1833, the railroad stretched 136 miles from Hamburg, S.C. to the city of Charleston. The railroad sparked the growth of Williston. Arising first as a water stop and soon becoming a major shipping point for asparagus, Williston quickly became a crucial stop along the railroad. Although the last train passed through in 1991and the tracks removed in 1995, the spirit of the railroad still enlivens the hearts of all. Without its presence, this town may have never been.
 
Erected 1997 by Presented by Len Clamp Eagle Scout Project Troop 65.
 
Location. 33° 24.123′ N, 81° 25.36′ W. Marker is in Williston, South Carolina, in Barnwell County. Marker is on W Main Street (U.S. 78) near Elko Street (South Carolina Highway 39), in the median. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Williston SC 29853, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the
The Best Friend Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2008
2. The Best Friend Marker
Looking eastward along the one-time Railroad cut in Williston, Main St.( US 78 )
crow flies. Ashley House - 1820 ( approx. ľ mile away); Ashley - Willis House ( approx. 0.4 miles away); Godís Acre Healing Springs ( approx. 8.4 miles away); a different marker also named Godís Acre Healing Springs ( approx. 8.6 miles away); Healing Springs ( approx. 8.6 miles away); a different marker also named Godís Acre Healing Springs ( approx. 8.7 miles away); Solomon Blatt Highway ( approx. 8.7 miles away); Macedonia Baptist Church ( approx. 9.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Williston.
 
Regarding The Best Friend. The City of Williston Railroad History: A replica of the “Best Friend” passed through Williston in 1928. On this occasion schools were dismissed and the tracks were lined with people who came to honor a train that had its beginnings in this section of South Carolina.
 
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The Best Friend Marker<br>Williston in Background image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, March 22, 2016
3. The Best Friend Marker
Williston in Background
The Best Friend Marker<br>Williston in Background image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, March 22, 2016
4. The Best Friend Marker
Williston in Background
The Best Friend reproduction image. Click for full size.
By (Laurel Leader-Call Staff Photo By Debbie Hawley)
5. The Best Friend reproduction
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 29, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,109 times since then and 41 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 29, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   3, 4. submitted on June 12, 2016, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.   5. submitted on July 29, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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