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Records of the Chester and Lenoir Narrow Gauge Rail Road, 1874-1882 and 1894-1899
    A gift to the SCL Manuscripts Division announced in 2003

| Gifts to Manuscripts 2003 | Front Page 2003 | Endowments | Friends of the Library |

Four manuscript volumes, 1874-1882 and 1894-1899, records of the Chester and Lenoir Narrow Gauge Rail Road, augment the South Caroliniana Library’s holdings relating to a company originally known as the King’s Mountain Railroad that later operated as a standard gauge rail line under the name Carolina and Northwestern Railway Company. These business records document freight shipped on a narrow gauge rail line that ran from Lenoir, N.C., to Chester, S.C.

A ledger, 1874-1882, lists accounts with individuals and firms. Three freight account books, April 1894-December 1895, January 1896-July 1897, and August 1897-April 1899, briefly list transactions at thirteen stops along a line that ran through Lenoir, Granite Falls, Hickory, Newton, Maiden, Lincolnton, Harden, Dallas, and Gastonia in North Carolina to Clover, York, Lowrysville, and Chester in South Carolina.

The ledger includes a legal blank, ca. 1890s, “Immigration Bureau, Carolina and North Western Railroad. W.A. Fair, Land and Industrial Agent, Lenoir, N.C.” The form enabled clients to endow Fair with power-of-attorney, thereby allowing him “to contract for the sale of, bargain, sell and convey” various sorts of property, with blanks for clients of this service to specify varieties of real or other property prior to a certain date and for a minimum price. The form included a blank for the percentage of the sale that Fair would receive as compensation. The certificate is illustrated with a cut of a steam locomotive pulling into a station.

This page updated 16 Jan. 2004
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