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Railroad Tracks belonging to the South Carolina Canal and Railroad Company, c.1839–1852 (2016)


Wood and iron railroad tracks belonging to the South Carolina Canal and Railroad Company (SCCRR) were discovered near Aiken, South Carolina, in early 2017. Historic maps, modern satellite photos, and Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) data identified locations where the tracks of the SCCRR likely originally ran in the vicinity of the discovery. Period documentation details the construction and operation of the tracks by the SCCRR. Field observations and preliminary searches determined the extent and configuration of the find and confirmed the predicted nearby route of the original SCCRR tracks. Field observations of the original and additional artifacts compared well with period documentation of the construction of the tracks of the SCCRR. The locations of these artifacts also compared well with the predicted route of the original SCCRR tracks. As a result, it became clear that the railroad tracks were part of what was called “the Inclined Plane” built at Aiken between 1830 and 1833. They represent the configuration of those tracks as used between 1839 and 1852.

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Authors & Contributors
Gordon, Robert B.
White, John H., Jr.
Cooper, Carolyn C.
Darnell, Victor C.
Grant, H. Roger
Hauck, George F. W.
IA. The Journal of the Society for Industrial Archeology
History Press
Indiana University Press
University of South Carolina Press
Pen & Sword Transport
Barranca Press
Industrial archaeology
Excavations (Archaeology)--recording
Land transportation
Railroad tracks
Civil engineering
Chanute, Octave
Whitney, Eli
Haupt, Herman (1817-1905)
Time Periods
19th century
20th century
21st century
20th century
United States
South Carolina (U.S.)
Connecticut (U.S.)
Great Britain
U.S. Dept. of the Interior, National Park Service, Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record
Baltimore and Ohio Railroad
Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad Company
Pennsylvania Railroad
Chihuahua al Pacifico Railroad
Charleston & Hamburg Railraod

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