Written by George Walton Williams and Illustrated by John Kollock


A delightfully illustrated book that depicts the true story of "The Best Friend", the first steam locomotive built in America for service on a

railroad. The merchants of Charleston, South Carolina in the 1820's had a problem: cotton planters were shipping their crops to Savannah, Georgia, and business in town was bad.  The businessmen seized upon a bold plan to bring commerce their way when they decided to build a 140 mile railroad track from Augusta to Charleston: a plan made more daring by the fact that no steam locomotive had ever traveled so great a distance.  They ordered a steam locomotive from New York and named it "The Best Friend."  Their new friend not only brought new found trade and prosperity, but ushered in the era of the railroad age.  es 1-


61 pages. B/w drawings. 1990

ISBN 13: 978-0-87844-103-7

 ISBN 10:  0-87844-103-4

Softcover $6.95



About the Authors:


George Walton Williams is a native of Charleston, South Carolina, and has a summer home in Georgia near the headwaters of the Savannah River.  He is on the English faculty at Duke University, and has written a number of books including a history of St. Michael's Church in Charleston.


John Kollock has illustrated some 30 books, including six of his own creation.  He combines historical research with painting and illustrating to bring to life landmarks.  He paints and writes in his 1870 farmhouse studio near Clarkesville, Georgia. 






















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