The Yorkville Enquirer reported on April 30, 1885 – “The passenger depot at Aiken was recently broken into and the door of the iron safe was blown off its hinges. The thieves took $200., in cash, packages, and legal papers.”
City Directories and History: Aiken Depot and Railroad Track – The Aiken section of the railroad track, which ran from Hamburg, S.C. on the Savannah River to Charleston, was originally on Park Avenue. A portion of the original road bed still exists in Hitchcock Woods. The track was moved when this ‘cut’ was dug in 1853. When the 136-mile track was laid in the 1830s, it was the longest railroad in the world. When surveying for the railroad, two miles were laid out on each side of the track, with squares 4 acres in size and streets 150 feet wide. These plans helped in the development of Aiken s 176 beautiful parkways. (Information – Aiken Chamber of Commerce)
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