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Posted: Wednesday, December 18, 2019 6:00 am

Trains and History

One thing that will stop me in my “tracks” is when someone talks to me about trains, especially the ones that ran in Morgan County. It was a very sad day for me when the last train left Malta in 1984; it seems like yesterday. I was talking to Marilyn Mauger last week, and she was telling about riding the train which went right past her house and seeing troops heading out during World War II. I also have had the chance to read the book on Morgan County railroads; it is a fascinating read. Did you know we had railroads go through Bishopville and Triadelphia, and one that was being built towards Chesterhill? Morgan County also had the only electric freight railroad East of the Mississippi at the mine. High on the Hill is also a great read as it talked about farmers taking goods to the steamboats before the railroad arrived here in the county. When you peel back the onion and read more history, our ancestors had to endure a lot just to survive. It just makes me think, were those the good old days or are these?

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