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A Bridge to the Past

 
 
A Bridge to the Past Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, May 30, 2009
1. A Bridge to the Past Marker
Inscription.
In 1819 a covered bridge was built to span this part of the Saluda River. Confederate Troops burned the bridge in 1865 hoping to stop the advance of General Sherman's army.

The burning didn't halt Sherman -- he ordered the construction of a floating bridge built from timber cut at the Saluda Mill, located a few hundred yards upstream.

Today, four granite abutments remain from the original bridge and can be seen on each side of the river and the islands in between.

 
Location. 34° 0.534′ N, 81° 4.554′ W. Marker is in Columbia, South Carolina, in Richland County. Marker can be reached from Wildlife Parkway. Click for map. Marker is located on the grounds of Riverbanks Zoo & Gardens, at the eastern end of the walking bridge that spans the Saluda River and connects the Zoo with the Gardens. Marker is at or near this postal address: 500 Wildlife Parkway, Columbia SC 29210, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Saluda Factory Ruins (approx. 0.3 miles away); Saluda Factory Cemetery (approx. 0.6 miles away); Shelling of Columbia (approx. 1.1 miles away); Benjamin Franklin Randolph Monument (approx.
A Bridge to the Past Marker<br>Seen in Far Left on Bridge Rail image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, May 30, 2009
2. A Bridge to the Past Marker
Seen in Far Left on Bridge Rail
1.2 miles away); Unknown Confederate Dead Monument (approx. 1.3 miles away); Elmwood Cemetery Confederate Soldiers (approx. 1.3 miles away); Confederate Soldiers 1861-1865 (approx. 1.3 miles away); George Elmore (approx. 1.3 miles away); Randolph Cemetery (approx. 1.4 miles away); Howard School Site (approx. 1.5 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Columbia.
 
Also see . . .
1. Saluda River. The Saluda River is a principal tributary of the Congaree River, about 200 mi (320 km) long, in northern and western South Carolina in the United States. (Submitted on July 25, 2011, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

2. William Tecumseh Sherman. William Tecumseh Sherman (February 8, 1820 – February 14, 1891) was an American soldier, businessman, educator and author. (Submitted on July 25, 2011, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

3. Riverbanks Zoo & Gardens. Official site of Riverbanks Zoo & Gardens. (Submitted on July 25, 2011, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 
 
Additional comments.
Walking Bridge<br>East End Looking West image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, May 30, 2009
3. Walking Bridge
East End Looking West

1. A Bridge to the Past marker is wrong.
They marker's text reads four abutments. Bridges only have two abutments. One on each end on the river bank. The stones in the river are called Piers and not abutments. So two abutments and two piers.
    — Submitted July 19, 2013, by Dean Hunt of Lexington, South Carolina.

 
Categories. Bridges & ViaductsWar, US Civil
 
Island as Mentioned image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, May 30, 2009
4. Island as Mentioned
Saluda River<br>Looking Northwest image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, May 30, 2009
5. Saluda River
Looking Northwest
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 588 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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