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near Wateree in Richland County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
John M. Bates Bridge
 
John M. Bates Bridge Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, 2010
1. John M. Bates Bridge Marker
 
Inscription.
Named in 1979 in honor
of
prominent public spirited
citizen of this section
(Born 1871 Died 1924)
for his many contributions
to highway transportation

During early 1900,s he led
several highway location parties.
He personally financed, built
and managed Bates Ferry across
Congaree River about one mile
upstream from here 1910-1922.
Culminating a lifelong dream,
he organized Richland - Calhoun
Bridge Commission in 1921 and
arranged financing, secured permit
to span the river and supervised
construction of Bates Ferry Toll
Bridge connecting Richland and
Calhoun counties, completed in
1923 and a forerunner of this
present bridge.

 
Location. 33° 45.418′ N, 80° 38.643′ W. Marker is in near Wateree, South Carolina, in Richland County. Marker is on McCords Ferry Road (U.S. 601), on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Located on the North bank of Congaree River. Marker is in this post office area: Eastover SC 29044, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Mount Pleasant Baptist Church (approx. 4.3 miles away); Kingville (approx. 4.6 miles away); St. Phillip A.M.E. Church (approx. 6.4 miles away); Richland Presbyterian Church (approx. 6.8 miles away); Millford Plantation (approx. 7.6 miles away); Richard Richardson (approx. 7.6 miles away); St. Mark's Episcopal Church (approx. 7.6 miles away); Kensington (approx. 7.8 miles away).
 
John M. Bates Bridge Marker, looking south along US 601 Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, March 23, 2010
2. John M. Bates Bridge Marker, looking south along US 601
 

 
Also see . . .  SCIway; Bates Bridge Landing. (Submitted on April 24, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
 
John M. Bates Bridge, west side Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, March 23, 2010
3. John M. Bates Bridge, west side
This is a popular boating ramp and fishing area. This access road leads to parking area and ramp, under the bridge
 
 
John M. Bates Bridge , east side Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, March 23, 2010
4. John M. Bates Bridge , east side
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on April 24, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 663 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 24, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.
 
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