Location of Holcombe

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I was wondering if anyone might be able to help me ascertain the location of a old station named Holcombe that was located in southern Burke Co. on the Central of Georgia RR somewhere between Midville and the Ogeechee River crossing.Any help would be appreciated!

-- Dean Hendrix (midvilledean@yahoo.com), January 25, 2002


Dean, Had to go back a long way to find Holcomb, which is also spelled Holcombe. I could not find it in any C of Ga. timetables I have either, but it shows up in an 1851 American Railway Guide at Mile 100 between Midville and the Ogeechee River. On an 1855 map of Georgia it appears just at the junction of Burke, Emmanuel, and Jefferson counties. In an 1877 map it is spelled Holcombe P.O. and is just next to Sebastopol Station, which is Mile 99 in the Official Guide of 1893. Then, in the 1904 Railway Commission Report of Ga. the name Gertrude appears at mile 100, and Gertrude appears also at Mile 100.4 in the Central Timetable of 1927. So Holcombe may have become Gertrude somewhere around the turn of the century though I'm not positive. Hope this helps.

-- Jim Goolsby (pioneeraugusta@mindspring.com), February 01, 2002.

I checked my Official Lists of Stations & Agents for 1890, 1898, and 1905 and cannot find a listing for a Holcombe, GA, in any of them.

Not much help, here.

Bob Hanson

-- Robert H. Hanson (RHanson669@aol.com), January 27, 2002.

I have searched through my collection of CofG timetables and have come up empty as to any information about Holcombe GA. The oldest public timetable I have is a 1914 and there is no mention of a Holcombe in it. My collection of Savannah division employee timetables is somewhat thin and the oldest one I have, a 1959 edition, doesn't have any referance to Holcombe either.

I do have a 1907 Official guide which lists Holcombe GA in the index of stations. It shows it being served by the Central of Georgia but upon looking through the schedules for the CofG, again no mention of Holcombe. I was not able to find it on the CofG map in this Official guide either. A 1937 Official guide does not list Holcombe in the index.

It must have been a very small hamlet that lost any prominence very early on. Perhaps others here will be able to supply more info than I have.

Bryan Smith

-- Bryan Smith (bsmith3608@aol.com), January 26, 2002.

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