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Columbia Canal – Columbia, South Carolina


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The Columbia Canal was built in 1824 by Irish immigrants to allow river traffic to bypass the rapids where the Saluda and Broad join to form the Congaree River. It was part of a plan by the State of South Carolina to provide a direct water route between the Upstate and Midlands. By the 1840s, the advent of railroads made the canal obsolete. By 1888, the Columbia Canal was converted to provide hydroelectric power to the Columbia Mill (now the SC State Museum). It still operates today and provides electricity to Columbia’s residents.

Columbia Canal Path

Andy Hunter of Denmark, 2014 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

A 2.9-mile-long paved path for walkers and cyclists runs along the canal, providing views of wading birds and spider lilies (Hymenocallis floridana).

Columbia Canal Park Richland County

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Columbia Canal Dam

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Columbia Canal Spillway

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Columbia Canal Sunset

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Columbia Canal Park Path

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Columbia Canal Park

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Inside the Columbia Canal

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The purpose of the South Carolina Picture Project is to celebrate the beauty of the Palmetto State and create a permanent digital repository for our cultural landmarks and natural landscapes. We invite you to add additional pictures (paintings, photos, etc) of Columbia Canal, and we also invite you to add info, history, stories, and travel tips. Together, we hope to build one of the best and most loved SC resources in the world!


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