Yemassee Junction – Yemassee, South Carolina


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This colorful mural on a former general merchandise store built in 1912 in Yemassee commemorates the wartime railroad that marked the beginning of life as a United States marine for more than 500,000 recruits. The railroad was owned by Atlantic Coast Line, and the Marine Corps ended its lease with the transportation company in 1965. Amtrak now utilizes the railway.

Yemassee Junction

Barry Gooch of Port Royal © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Between 1914 and 1965, half-a-million future soldiers boarded the train at the Yemassee depot and were carried to the nearby Parris Island for military training. More than half of these recruits arrived during World War II.

Yemassee Depot

Barry Gooch of Port Royal © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

The vibrant storefront now serves as a local church and boasts with artistic pride the historic rite-of-passage that took place outside its doors. The top photo displays the art work on the building’s front, while the photo below shows a mural on the back entrance depicting the evolution of marine recruits.

Marine Receiving Station Yemassee

Mike Stroud of Bluffton, 2011 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

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Address: Wall Street and Castle Hall Road, Yemassee, SC 29945

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2 Comments about Yemassee Junction

Paul Coward, MDNo Gravatar says:
October 15th, 2013 at 4:36 pm

He called his local station Green Hill, and there was a stop along the train’s route called Paroda (Paul, Robert, David). “Seloc”, painted by Jerry Locklair, shows the Alcolu railroad in front of J. F. Coles (Seloc backwards) store near Lynchburg.

Paul Coward, MDNo Gravatar says:
October 15th, 2013 at 4:29 pm

My great-grandfather founded the village of Alcolu with its DW Alderman & Sons lumber mill. As a Christmas gift, he gave his 3 surviving sons a passenger train (a real train), and its colors were baby blue. How many baby blue locomotives could there be out there! Any idea about the background of this engine at Yemassee?






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