City Directories and History: The historic South Carolina Railroad Depot in Columbia……see the railroad route in 1854; enlargement below. Railroad service connected to Charleston but was primarily built to connect Columbia, S.C. to Charlotte, N.C.
The Fort Mill Times as of Sept. 9, 1903 reported, ” that W.M. Vandiver was at the Southern Station this morning and remarked that he ran the first engine that ever pulled a mail train on the old Charlotte, Columbia and Augusta Railroad. This was on Nov. 5, 1850, and the train ran twenty miles in this direction from Columbia.”
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