Broad River – Newberry County, South Carolina
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The Broad River begins in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, enters South Carolina in Cherokee County, and continues through the state until it merges with the Saluda River in Richland County to form the Congaree River. The Three Rivers Greenway in Columbia is the perfect spot to see these rivers come together.
In 1991 the General Assembly of South Carolina designated the section of the Broad River from the 99 Islands Dam in Cherokee County to the Pacolet River a State Scenic River. The designation will help ensure that the undeveloped portion of the river will remain pristine through conservation efforts and thus continue to support diverse plant and animal life.
The CN&L Trestle
When the Columbia, Newberry, and Laurens Railroad was established in 1885, it planned to cross the Broad River in Columbia, leading to the construction of this trestle in 1890. It was rebuilt in 1911. CN&L, also known as the Dutch Fork Line, ran 75 miles from Columbia to Laurens.
The railroad company resulted from the merging of two earlier railroads, the Laurens Railroad and the Greenville and Columbia Railroad. The CN&L Railroad was bought by the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad in 1924. In 1984, CSX Railroad purchased the railroad and continues to maintain this trestle today.
Many thanks to Ann Helms for her photos and much of the above information.
Reflections on the Broad River
Contributor Teri Leigh Teed says of her photo above, “Storm clouds gathering over the Broad River seen from the bluff overlooking the former ferry crossing at Blair, SC, shortly before the Spring Equinox.”
Broad River Info
Address: South Carolina Highway 34, Newberry, SC 29108
GPS Coordinates: 34.392326,-81.397903
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