Find out about transportation, environmental issues, and other ways South Carolinians and the environment interact.
- South Carolina Logging Locomotives
Timber companies used railroad equipment to haul logs from the forests to shipping stations.
- The Walterboro Railroad
Watch this video about the South Carolina Railroad Museum and the Winnsboro Railroad.
- The Best Friend of Charleston
Running for less than a year in 1830-1, The Best Friend of Charleston was the first steam locomotive in the US used for regularly scheduled passenger service.
- South Carolina & Georgia Railroad
Take a look at the timetable and maps for this railroad, which opened in 1833.
- SC Railroad Museum
The South Carolina Railroad Museum in Winnsboro has reconstructed the Rockton and Rion railway at a granite quarry.
- Rail Travel
Take a look at images of railroad travel in South Carolina.
Marine and River Transportation
South Carolina canals in use in 1825. Image courtesy of SCETV and Web of Water.
- Pirates, Plankton, & Pelicans
Explore the Spirit of South Carolina schooner that replicates a merchant ship used in the late 1800s along South Carolina’s shores.
- The Saluda Canal
The Saluda Canal was built in 1818 to help boat travel upstream using the Saluda River.
- Dugout Canoe
Learn how Native Americans built and used dugout canoes and see pictures of one being made with only stone tools and fire.
- Water Travel
Explore the intercoastal waterways of South Carolina.
- History of Lake Murray
Read the history of Lake Murray in the Piedmont and watch 1930 news footage of the construction.
- History of Santee Cooper Power
The Santee Cooper project started in 1939 to provide power to many South Carolinians.
- Santee Cooper Project – 1939
Read about the plantations, churches, cemeteries, and other places that were lost with the construction of Lake Marion and Lake Moultrie.
- Building Santee Cooper
Explore the 188 images from the construction of the Pinopolis and Santee dams.
- Timeline of J Strom Thurmond Lake
Check out pictures of flooding along the Savannah River and the construction of the Clark Hill Dam.
- History of Lake Hartwell
Lake Hartwell was built between 1955 and 1963 for flood-control and creating hydropower.
- Water Quality
Find out what water quality is and how scientists tell if the water you drink is safe.
Maggie and all the folks at Reps need your help in solving all the environmental health problems going on at their center.
- EPA Student Center
Explore games, videos, quizzes and information about environmental issues that affect you.
- The Facts on Water Conservation
Find out how you and your family can help use water wisely.
- Carriages and Carts
These images of horse-drawn carriages show how people traveled before trains and automobiles.
- Internal Combustible Engine
Take a look at these images of early cars in South Carolina.
- Research on the Vessel Palmetto, Part 1
Watch this interesting video on Palmetto, a research vessel that is used to study marine water, pollution, fish, and more!
CCC and the State Parks
- Presentation of Pictures of CCC Workers (Power Point Presentation)
Check out this photo gallery of Civilian Conservation Corp workers working at several South Carolina State Parks.
- Myrtle Beach State Park
Several table shelters, rental cabins, and ranger staff houses are still in use that were built in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corp.