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.
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).
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