City Directories and History: The Blacksburg Freight Depot was originally built in the early 1880’s. However, due to several fires, the building was rebuilt around 1908. This particular depot lasted until the mid 1980’s. Historically, Blacksburg was known as a repair and maintenance station of the railroad. Mr. Mck. Albergotti was for years the railroad manager at this location.
In December of the same year, 1883, western York saw another band formed—the Hoodtown Silver Cornet Band under Capt. S. S. Plexico. The band had 10 members, two of them just boys. Robert Lee Hood, 6, played the drum and Henry Hood, 12, played first E flat cornet. The Hoodtown’s first concert involved a parade from Black’s Station to the top of Whitaker’s Mountain where a newly-built observatory was unveiled. This was before the Blacksburg area was cut away (1897) from York county to become a part of newly-created Cherokee county. Article written by L. Pettus on Bands from Post-Reconstruction…Courtesy of the Pettus Collection
The Herald reported on Jan. 3, 1889 – “The first regular passenger train on the 3 CCC Railroad went through Blacksburg on Thursday of last week. When the train arrived, it was greeted with a large concourse of people, bands, and the bursting of fireworks. All trains now run regularly from Camden to Blacksburg, at which point passengers can connect to the airline railroad for Shelby and Rutherforton. This has brought the remotest sections of the county together.”
The Yorkville Enquirer of June 17, 1891 – “The Standard Oil Company is finishing a very substantial warehouse near the R&D Freight Depot.”
The Rock Hill Record reported on Oct. 12, 1908 – “A new depot at Blacksburg is to be erected. The old depot and baggage room have been moved. The new Southern Depot will be twice as large.”
Blacksburg was also a product of the railway. The Black family had long lived in the vicinity of the present day town. They were the descendants of Joseph Black who as a boy, had migrated with his family from Pennsylvania. One of these was John Logan Black, a graduate of West Point, who was of much assistance to those responsible for the construction of the railroad, using his skills as an engineer to help solve the problems of grading the road bed in these rolling hills. Thus the station was dubbed Black’s Station by the officials of the Railroad.
The area abounded with minerals and was widely known as the Iron District. Many furnaces supplied the raw pig iron to the finishing mills where highly prized products were produced furnishing employment for the inhabitants in fairly large numbers. Some of these iron works were present prior to the Revolutionary War and the number grew and enjoyed prosperity until the advent of the Civil War. The burden placed on them to produce war materials for the South was tremendous and factors such as overuse, inability to obtain worn out parts for the machinery, the resulting ruined economy and almost complete consumption of hardwood necessary to the making of charcoal vital to the firing of the furnaces were all responsible for the demise of this formerly thriving industry. This was not to keep the economy at a low ebb for very long for many men of vision and ambition soon began to establish various types of industries and businesses. Principal among these were the manufacture of cotton products, a crop native to the area and easily obtainable. Later diversification of industry on a large scale has served to retain a healthy and growing economy. Need-less to say many communities in Cherokee County derived their names from biblical locations, Macedonia, Mt. Paron, Corinth, Antioch, Rehoboth, Mt. Ararat and others. Some of these will be further dealt with in that they have historical significance.
(Information from: Names in South Carolina by C.H. Neuffer, Published by the S.C. Dept. of English, USC)
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