The Branchville Railroad Shrine and Museum
stands at the site of the world's first railroad junction. By 1833, Branchville
was part of the world's longest railroad, which ran 136 miles from Charleston
. (Hamburg was located in Aiken County
but no longer exists).
© Lamar Nix of Seabrook
Several years later, a route was established between Branchville and Columbia
, making Branchville a junction. The train depot was heavily damaged by a fire in 1995, but it has since been restored as a museum. It houses a replica of The Best Friend of Charleston
, a steam locomotive which carried passengers en route from Charleston to Hamburg, passing through Branchville. It made its first trip on December 25, 1830, and was received with much excitement.
To schedule a tour of the museum, call Branchville's Town Hall at 803-274-8820.
SCIWAY thanks photographer Lamar Nix
of Seabrook for submitting this amazing picture!
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