South Carolina Railroads - Charlotte, Columbia & Augusta Railroad

Acronym

Year Chartered or Incorporated

Year Line Operational

Year Service Ended

Original Starting Point

Original Ending Point

CC&A RR

1869*

1869

1878**

Charlotte, NC

Augusta, GA


1870 Timetable
+ 1894 - Merged into the Southern Railway. Gave up its line name.
+ 1882 - Officially merged into the Richmond & Danville Railroad. Retained its line name.
+ 1882 - Leased the Chester & Lenoir Narrow Gauge Railroad

+ 1881 - Leased the Atlantic, Tennessee & Ohio Railroad, extending service from Charlotte to Statesville.

+ 1882 - Leased the Cheraw & Chester Railroad for 99 years.

** 1878 - Acquired by Richmond & Danville Railroad. Retained its line name.
* 1869 - Merger of the Charlotte & South Carolina Railroad and the Columbia & Augusta Railroad.


1873 Bank Note

In the late 1860s, the Charlotte, Columbia & Augusta Railroad expanded westward from Columbia, SC to Augusta, GA. Dr. Edward Jones Mims persuaded William Johnston, president of the railroad, to run the line through the 1200-acre Mims plantation. In return, Dr. Mims agreed to name the new town for Mr. Johnston - so, the Johnson Station was created in 1868, later to be shortened just to Johnston.

Construction of the Chester & Lenoir Narrow Gauge Railroad slowed down, and the line did not reach Lincolnton until July 1881. Funds were then exhausted, so the owners appealed for help from the Charlotte, Columbia & Augusta Railroad. An agreement was reached to lease the railroad to the Charlotte, Columbia & Augusta Railroad in exchange for completion of the railroad into Lenoir, NC, a distance of nearly thirty-seven (37) miles.

Before the lease could take effect, on September 22, 1882, the Charlotte, Columbia & Augusta Railroad was merged into the Richmond & Danville Railroad. Their owners decided to honor the previous commitment and construction to Lenoir began soon thereafter. 

From an October 3, 1882 article in the New York Times:

COLUMBIA, S.C., Oct. 2. - The Charlotte, Columbia and Augusta Railroad Company has effected the lease of the Cheraw & Chester Narrow-gauge Railroad for a period of 99 years. The lessors agree to pay an annual dividend of 1-1/2 per cent, on the capital stock of the road and the interest on the bonds. They also assume all the floating indebtedness and other liabilities, and agree to complete the road from Chester to Lancaster within 12 months from the date of the lease by building a bridge across the Catawba River. The bonded indebtedness of the road amounts to $100,000 and its capital stock to about the same sum. With the lease of this road the Charlotte, Columbia and Augusta Railroad Company now owns the entire narrow-gauge system of the State, with all the valuable franchises secured to these roads by the acts of the Legislature under which they wer constructed. It is charged that the lease of the Cheraw and Chester Railroad was effected without consulting the tax-payers of the Counties of Chester and Lancaster, which issued bonds to build the road, and although the vote of the stockholders was nearly unanimous in favor of the lessee, it is not improbable that an effort will be made to take the matter to court. 

From a December 2, 1893 article in the New York Times:

Headline: A NEW RECEIVERSHIP - Charlotte, Columbia and Augusta Road in Separate Hands. A separate receivership for the Charlottte, Columbia and Augusta Railroad and its dependencies has been established in compliance with orders from the United States Circuit Courts for the District of South Carolina and the Western District of North Carolina. This action makes a legal distinction between the road named and the Richmond and Danville system, although Samuel Spencer, F.W. Hudekoper, and Reuben Foster, the Richmond and Danville receivers, have been appointed also the receivers for the Charlotte, Columbia and Augusta Road.

The newly-applinted receivers took possession of the property yesterday, and issued a general order, making the folling appointments: General Manager - W.H. Green; General Agent - A.B. Andrews; General Counsel - H.L. Bond, Jr.; Traffic Manager - Sol Haas; Controller - A.S. Dunham; Treasurer - John W. Hall; Assistant Treasurer - W.H. Marbury.

The Charlotte, Columbia and Augusta Road has heretofore been known as the South Carolina Division of the Richmond and Danville, and yesterday General Manager Green reappointed all the officers, agents, and employees of the department, and appointed the following additional officers: Joseph P. Minetree, General Purchasing Agent; R.D. Wade, Superintendent of Motive Power; C.A. Darlton, Superintendent of Telegraph.

President A.B. Andrews of the Charlotte, Columbia and Augusta Road issued the following order yesterday date at Columbia, S.C.: "By decree of the Circuit Court of the United States for the Eastern District of Virginia, the receivers of the Richmond and Danville Company have turned over all of the railroad, and property of the Cheraw and Chester Railroad Company and the Chester and Lenoir Narrow Gauge Railroad Company, to the Charlotte, Columbia and Augusta Railroad Company, and the undersigned, as President, has this day taken possession and assumed the operation of the Cheraw and Chester and the Chester and Lenoir Narrow Gauge Railroads. Mr. L.T. Nichols is hereby appointed Superintendent, with office at Chester, S.C.

The decrees for a separate receivership were made in cases brought against the various roads by the Central Trust Company of New York.

In 1894, this railroad was merged into Southern Railway.

From the Fourth Annual Report of the South Carolina Railroad Commissioners issued in 1882, the following stations were named for the Charlotte, Columbia & Augusta Railroad:

Station................................................ Distance between Stations

NC/SC State Line................................................ 0 miles
Fort Mill ............................................................. 2.5 miles
Catawba River Turnout ....................................... 3.5 miles
Rock Hill ............................................................ 4.5 miles
Warren's ............................................................. 5.8 miles
Smith's ................................................................ 3.2 miles
Lewis's ................................................................ 3.3 miles
Chester C.H. ....................................................... 6.9 miles
Cornwall's ........................................................... 7.8 miles
Blackstock's ........................................................ 3.8 miles
Woodward's ........................................................ 2.6 miles
White Oak ........................................................... 5.1 miles
Adger's ................................................................ 2.9 miles
Winnsboro ........................................................... 4.8 miles
Robinson's ........................................................... 3.1 miles
Simpson's ............................................................ 3.0 miles
Ridgeway ............................................................ 5.5 miles
Blythewood ......................................................... 7.1 miles
Sharp's ................................................................ 3.3 miles
Killian's ................................................................ 2.9 miles
Columbia ............................................................. 10.3 miles
Wilmington, Columbia & Augusta Junction ............ 1.9 miles
Lexington ............................................................. 12.5 miles
Barr's ................................................................... 4.8 miles
Gilbert Hollow ...................................................... 4.0 miles
Summit ................................................................. 1.8 miles
Leesville ............................................................... 5.5 miles
Batesburg ............................................................. 2.2 miles
Ridge Spring ......................................................... 8.6 miles
Ward's Turnout ..................................................... 4.2 miles
Johnston's ............................................................. 4.3 miles
Trenton ................................................................. 6.9 miles
Miles's Mill ............................................................ 5.5 miles
Vaucluse ............................................................... 4.5 miles
Graniteville ............................................................ 3.4 miles
Aiken Junction ....................................................... 1.1 miles
Langley .................................................................. 2.9 miles
Dead Fall ............................................................... 7.2 miles
SC/GA State Line .................................................. 1.0 mile

Towns on Route (in SC):

SC/NC State Line

Ft. Mill

Catawba River

Ebenezerville

Rock Hill

Warrens Turnout (1889) > Warren (1895) > Ogden

Smiths Turnout > Smiths (1951)

Chestnut Grove (aka Lewis Station) > Lewis Turnout (1887)

Chester C.H. > Chester (1886)

Cornwell Turnout > Cornwell (1881)

Black Stocks > Blackstock (1892)

Younguesville > Woodward (1879)

White Oak

Adgers Station

Albion

Winnsboro

Rockton (1886)

Simpsons

Nelson (1883)

Ridgeway

Smallwood (1901)

Campbells

Doko > Blythewood (1877)

Sharps (1896)

Killians (1873)

Dents (1890s) > Dentsville (1901)

Columbia

New Brookland (1887) > West Columbia (1938)

Cayce (1901)

Arthurs (1889)

Lexington C.H. > Lexington (1895)

Barr's Landing (1873) > Barr (1903)

Gilbert Hollow > Summit Point (1872) > Gilbert Hollow (1876) > Lewisdale (1886) > Gilbert (1904)

Fredonia (1891)

Leesville

Batesburg

Hibernia (1895)

Monetta (1889)

Ridge > Ridge Spring (1884)

Ward's Turnout > Clintonward (1881) > Wards (1893)

Lotts > Johnston Depot (1870) > Johnston (1881)

Pine House Depot > Trenton (1878)

Miles Mill (1870s)

Vaucluse (1878)

Graniteville

Langley (1871)

Aiken Junction (1890s)

Bath

Clearwater (1901)

Hamburgh

North Augusta (1900)

SC/GA State Line



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