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John Alexander Black
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Birth: unknown
Death: unknown
Barnwell County
South Carolina, USA

By 1833 the railroad was completed from Charleston to Hamburg (which is in the North Augusta area). It was the longest railroad in the world, and the first commercial steam locomotive train in the United States. It could run only in the daylight hours because it had no lights. It ran on wood rails with flat iron or steel on top and inside of the tracks. According to reports, it ran a fantastic average speed of 18-1/2 MPH, and had to stop about every ten miles to take on fuel and water. It was the responsibility of John Alexander Black to choose the locations of these stops, and Blackville was chosen as an overnight stop because it was one day's run from Charleston.

Mr. Black moved his family to Blackville, and the town was named after Mr. Black, and called the Village of Blackville. MR. Black hired Mr. Cycil 0. Pascallas Esq., a civil engineer who surveyed the railroad bed.

Mr. Black died in Blackville and his grave is now under the Methodist Church. 
Blackville United Methodist Church Cemetery
Barnwell County
South Carolina, USA
Created by: John Gwinn
Record added: Mar 22, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 50046808
John Alexander Black
Added by: John Gwinn
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