The Chesterfield and Lancaster Railroad was named for the two counties in which it was intended to provide service. The railroad never made it to Lancaster County, however. As construction progressed, funds ran out as the railroad approached the community of Crowburg, west of Pageland.
Pageland experienced a boom due to railroad traffic when the line arrived. Once the railroad reached Pageland in 1904, various businesses, including the Blakeney Hotel (pictured here), sprang up along the tracks in order to serve travelers. The Pageland train depot was located on North Sycamore Street near East Godfrey Street. Seaboard Air Line was affiliated with the line and apparently managed it for a period until 1940. The railroad was run by others for a few years after that and then was abandoned and the tracks were removed. Some small sections of track did survive and can be located with a bit of investigation. Supposedly track does still exist near a mine in Crowburg.
From Cheraw on the SAL, the line went through Excelsior, Thompson, Evans Mill, Rivers, Chesterfield, Caloe, Ruby, Mt. Croghan, Maynards, Guess, Magnums, Pageland and ending in Crowburg.