Calibogue Sound

Hilton Head Island is part of the Lowcountry region in the U.S. state of South Carolina. It’s known for Atlantic Ocean beaches and golf courses. The Harbour Town Lighthouse and Museum marks the southwest tip. The Coastal Discovery Museum features heritage buildings, trees and themed gardens. Between the island and mainland, the Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge salt marsh hosts deer, alligators and birds.

The channel of water along the west side (upper left of the shoe) of Hilton Head Island is named Calibogue Sound. It appeals to me because, though it is spelled differently, its pronunciation resembles our own nearby Calabogie, Ontario.

In the 1800s, Calabogie functioned primarily as a lumber town, with the river being used to transport logs. The introduction of the K&P Railway near the end of the century transformed the town, pushing the economy to thrive and people to come and leave with ease.

The Kingston and Pembroke Railway (K&P) was a Canadian railway that operated in eastern Ontario. The railway was seen as a business opportunity which would support the lumber and mining industries, as well as the agricultural economy in eastern Ontario. The K&P is affectionately remembered as the Kick and Push railroad. Incorporated in 1871, the K&P was intended to run from Kingston to Pembroke. By 1884, approximately 180 kilometres of mainline and sidings had been laid, reaching Renfrew. By this time the Canada Central Railway had already built a line from Renfrew to Pembroke, and it no longer made financial sense to continue. Thus the K&P was terminated at Renfrew.

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