Columbia in Richland County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
History of the Lincoln Street Tunnel
In 1983, Mayor Kirk Finlay, Jr. began a campaign to revitalize the area between Assembly Street and the Congaree River, paving the way for what Columbians now know as the Vista. In 1991, rail traffic was re-routed out of the Vista, allowing for the tracks to be removed, and the Lincoln Street Tunnel was closed off with gates.
Interest in the tunnel as a walking trail began soon after. In 1996, Columbia City Council began considering opening the tunnel as a pedestrian walkway; however, plans and funding never materialized. By 2007, the gated off tunnel was being used as carriage storage and considered for a horse park.
Under Mayor Stephen K. "Steve" Benjamin, the idea of converting the abandoned
The Columbia Chamber's Leadership Columbia Class of 2017 undertook the task of beautifying this gateway to the Vista Greenway to honor the strength, unity and passion shown by the community during the 1000-year flood Of October, 2015.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Bridges & Viaducts • Parks & Recreational Areas • Railroads & Streetcars.
Location. 34° 0.103′ N, 81° 2.366′ W. Marker is in Columbia, South Carolina, in Richland County. Marker is on Lincoln Street north of Lady Street, on the left when traveling north. Marker is located along the Vista Greenway, (the former Seaboard Air Line Railroad route), between the northbound and southbound sides of Lincoln Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Columbia SC 29201, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Victory Savings Bank (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); R.L. Bryan Co. Warehouse (about 500 feet away); Zion Baptist Church (about 500 feet away); Seaboard Air-Line Railway Station #2 (about 600 feet away); Seaboard Air-Line Railway Station #1Nathaniel J. Frederick House (about 700 feet away); Lincoln Street (approx. 0.2 miles away); Early Howard School Site (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Columbia.
Also see . . . Seaboard Air Line Tunnel. Columbia, SC recently reopened the former Seaboard Air Line tunnel downtown up again, but as a walking and biking trail this time. (Submitted on June 7, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on November 24, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 7, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 232 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on June 7, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.