Gervais Street Bridge – Columbia, South Carolina

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A setting sun and the Columbia city lights give the Gervais Street Bridge a warm evening glow. The Gervais Street Bridge connects West Columbia and Cayce with downtown Columbia by spanning the Congaree River.

Gervais Street Bridge

Benton Henry of Latta, 2008 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Above the railings on the bridge you will find cast iron light fixtures. The decorative fixtures have a palmetto tree on their bases. There are vine patterns on the octagonal posts and an acanthus leaf, which stands for quality, longevity, and creativity.

Bridge Gervais

Michael Traufler of Columbia, 2015 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

The bridge was completed in 1928 and is Columbia’s oldest bridge crossing the Congaree River. It is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Kathryn Harris of Tennessee, 2008 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Wilson Jumper of West Columbia, 2008 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Reflections on the Gervais Street Bridge

Contributor Kathryn Harris writes, “I saw this bridge on my first visit to Columbia and thought it would be awesome to photograph at sunset. Truly a beautiful site. I will come back in the spring to photograph it again.”

Photographer Benton Henry tells the story of his photo: “The photograph was made for an article celebrating the 25th anniversary of Columbia Business Monthly magazine. They asked me to get them a shot that would say ‘Columbia.’ I thought this did it, and so did they. It has since been used for a phone book cover, websites and sold as a fine print throughout the area.”

Add your own reflections here.

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8 Comments about Gervais Street Bridge

CLNo Gravatar says:
April 23rd, 2012 at 11:24 am

Hello! Please tell me how to get down to this bridge to take a picture of it — thank you!

Sonya FredoNo Gravatar says:
November 15th, 2011 at 12:47 pm

This bridge is one of the most beautiful bridges I have ever seen in my life!

SCIWAYNo Gravatar says:
October 10th, 2011 at 9:37 am

Hi Deborah! We’d love to see your pictures of the Gervais Bridge. You can submit them using the form on the following page:

Deborah FlowersNo Gravatar says:
October 10th, 2011 at 12:32 am

These are both very beautiful! I’d like to submit a couple of my photographs of this bridge. I did not know the name of it when I shot it this past summer when visiting Columbia, SC.

Andy LawlessNo Gravatar says:
June 16th, 2011 at 7:26 pm

Both shots are very good. Like the processing in the second shot.

JeremyNo Gravatar says:
October 20th, 2010 at 8:55 am

This bridge is so beautiful, and I love walking the river walk to see its beauty.

Nii MarteyNo Gravatar says:
September 27th, 2010 at 7:39 am

It’s so beautiful!

Nii MarteyNo Gravatar says:
September 27th, 2010 at 7:31 am



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