Railroading in the Carolina Sandhills  Volume 1 by David Carriker
Railroading in the Carolina Sandhills  Volume 1 by David Carriker
Railroading in the Carolina Sandhills  Volume 1 by David Carriker
Railroading in the Carolina Sandhills  Volume 1 by David Carriker
Railroading in the Carolina Sandhills  Volume 1 by David Carriker
Railroading in the Carolina Sandhills  Volume 1 by David Carriker
Railroading in the Carolina Sandhills  Volume 1 by David Carriker
Railroading in the Carolina Sandhills  Volume 1 by David Carriker
Railroading in the Carolina Sandhills  Volume 1 by David Carriker
Railroading in the Carolina Sandhills  Volume 1 by David Carriker

Railroading in the Carolina Sandhills Volume 1 by David Carriker

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Railroading in the Carolina Sandhills Volume 1 by David Carriker
 
Railroading in the Carolina Sandhills  Volume 1 The 19th Century 1825-1900    
224 pages.    
Hard cover with dust jacket   Inscription in first page,dust jacket does not fully cover the book
Copyright  1985.

CONTENTS
Introduction   5
1 The Carolina Sandhills8
2 1825-1845: Experimental Beginnings15
3 1845-1865: Ante-Bellum Railroads25
4 1866-1879: The Reconstruction Railroads49
5 1880's: The Building of Southern Railroads77
5B The Tramways and Lumber Railroads of the 1880's119
6 1890's: The 19th Century Railroad Mania127
6B The Tramways and Lumber Railroads of the 1890's181
6C Industrial Railroads of the 1890's200
7 1900-1901: The Mega-Mergers205
Bibliography    224


INTRODUCTION
When research for the Sandhills Railroading Project began in 1980, it amounted to the personal interest of one who loved to watch the trains go by. Two men can be responsible for fanning that interest into a flame: Auman Currie and Maynard Hill. Currie is a parishoner in the area who was born and raised in the Millstone Community east of Ellerbe, N.C. He began to relate the days of his father and grandfather as they worked on the tramroad which dissected the Currie Land (presently in the NC Wildlife Refuge). "What is a tramroad?", I asked, as have many others to me since that time. Currie responded 'a tramroad is, you know ... a wooden railroad!' No, I did not know, but was sure interested in finding out! On the other hand, Hill was taking me to a meeting which was out of town. We passed through the small community of Jackson Springs where I pointed out to him a 1901 vintage depot, without benefit of any track in sight! He began to tell me of the old railroad that ran from there to West End and remembered its abandonment. As we drove the four mile distance, I followed the old grade with my eyes the entire distance: elevated several feet above the terrain, over a creek where the trestle stubs protruded above the water, through a cut about 10' deep and by a large abandoned peach warehouse. Currie's tramroad turned out to be the HOFFMAN & TROY RR and Hills' railroad was the JACKSON SPRINGS RR. What began as a study of these two railroads expanded to this project of over 600 railroads and operations in this immediate area!
Later in 1982 research was again fueled by the Orange Blossom Special Project, a local project funded through the Richmond Technical College of Richmond County, N.C. Material from my research was submitted to the project and the volume of the railroading content continued to mushroom. I recall early in 1983 when Robbie Burns 'discovered' the 200th railroad in the area (the WADESBORO STREET RAILWAY)! By the summer there were 300 as we researched the Courthouses of the various counties. Today we have documented over 600.
The Sandhills Railroading Project, sponsored by the National Railroad Museum in Hamlet, N.C., encompasses an area which has also grown. It began as one railroad (The H&T), and advanced to one county (Richmond, in which the Museum is located), then each of the counties around Richmond in NC (Anson, Montgomery, Moore, Hoke, Scotland) later adding the surrounding counties in SC (Chesterfield and Marlboro) and recently in early 1984 expanding the southern and eastern boundaries beyond the county lines to the ACL RR mainline. Today that area encompasses about 75 miles square (or about 5600 square miles) in 18 different counties. The area begins in the north in Chatham County and continues clockwise through Lee, Harnett, Cumberland, Robeson, Dillon, Marion, Florence, Darlington, Chesterfield, Anson, Stanly, Montgomery and Moore Counties (to the beginning) with Richmond, Hoke, Scotland and Marlboro Counties in the center.
This book is the result of the project. It is comprehensive and condensed and will hopefully serve as a starting point for later research in the area and in the Carolinas. The format is basically chronological from 1825-1985. Lumber railroads which have no other history than timber deeds will be grouped at the end of each respective chapter. Railroad companies (such as the ABERDEEN & ROCKFISH RR) which transverse several time periods (1892-the present) will be divided likewise into parts labeled as such: A&R RR (part 1); A&R RR (part 2), etc. Railroad company names (in the study area) will be capitalized throughout the text, with railroad companies abbreviated for simplicity after their names have been spelled out previously.

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