Augusta existed to collect cotton, and get the cotton to a seaport. The most available seaport for Augusta was Savannah, 231 river miles away. Hamburg existed to collect cotton, Augusta’s cotton if possible, and get the cotton to a South Carolina seaport. That was Hamburg’s drumbeat, to keep South Carolina commerce at home, which was part of the deal for support from the state legislature. So Hamburg boats routinely sailed right past Savannah, and beat their way another 101 miles behind the sea islands to Charleston.
Henry Shultz was all for a rising tide of commerce that lifted all boats, as long as a few tidbits fell in his own lap. His first love was for transportation, but close behind was banks. Here are some notes from banks closely connected with Shultz and Hamburg.
There is no reason to believe that the breed of horses will be materially improved, but the present breed of locomotives will furnish a power of which no one knows the limit.
-Horatio Allen, Chief Engineer, SCCRR Co
The SCRR came to Hamburg in 1833, following pretty closely the path of present day US 78. Its route though the old railroad towns such as Aiken, Williston, and Blackville is revealed by the esplanades in the main streets, frequently with elevated causeways. The main line was in service until about 2005. Continue reading
Thomas Jefferson’s ideal society was a thin carpet of independent landholders, masters of their own domains where all needs were satisfied by their land, their family, and the fruits of their labor. What impulse could turn men away from this ideal society, to collect at a common point, a town? Continue reading