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.
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.
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.
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.”
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