Thursday, January 31, 2008
A New Roof Adorns Freight Depot of Branchville, S.C.
Branchville, South Carolina, has been the location of the WORLD'S FIRST, AND OLDEST, RAILROAD JUNCTION, since about 150 years ago.
Also, Branchville has proudly been the location of both PASSENGER AND FREIGHT DEPOTS for most of those ONE AND ONE-HALF CENTURIES.
BUT CENTURIES OF TIME TAKE THEIR TOLLS ON MEN AND THE THINGS OF MEN.
Most recently, the greatest noticable toll was upon the ages old roof of the old Historical RR Freight Depot of Branchville, S.C. And, also, there were many portions of the structure of the old, and almost forgotten freight depot, which had begun to rot and tumble to the ground.
AT LAST!!! GOVERNMENT GRANTS CAME TO THE RESCUE!!!
NOT, IRONICALLY, GENERAL GRANT, NOR HIS FLUNKEY GENERAL SHERMAN, BUT
GOVERNMENT GRANTS. (with all of their strings attached)
Not enough funds in the GOVERNMENT GRANTS pot-at-the-end-of-the-rainbow were available for a complete restoration of the crumbling old freight depot, but, at least, there has
been a welcomed beginning of THE RESTORATION OF THE BRANCHVILLE RAILROAD
THE BEGINNING began just before the 2007 Thanksgiving/Christmas Holiday Season. What a
wonderful gift to Branchville from that old gift giver Santa Clause, who in this case was disguised in an UNCLE SAM'S COSTUME. WHATEVER???
So, a large crew of ILLEGAL ALIENS FROM SOUTH OF THE BORDER showed up with their tools and energy to RESTORE THE RR FREIGHT DEPOT'S ROOF, and make a few more small
restorations, and to haul off the refuse which had accumulated over many years of abuse and neglect.
But, unfortunately, a great safety hazard has been left behind by the crew of ILLEGAL ALIENS & their boss.
There is a set of very fragil steps which lead up to a platform which has many missing boards and many exposed nails which would cause great physical injuries to any youngsters of Branchville, or those of tourists, who occasionally stop to partake of the HISTORICAL TREASURES OF BRANCHVILLE, S.C., at the RAILROAD FREIGHT DEPOT and the neighboring BRANCHVILLE RR SHRINE AND PASSENGER DEPOT.