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Built in 1820, the Poinsett Bridge, located just north of Greenville, is believed to be the oldest surviving bridge in South Carolina. It was named for Charleston native and US Ambassador to Mexico, Joel R. Poinsett. (Poinsett is also credited with bringing the poinsettia flower, which now bears his name, to the United States.) The bridge was part of the original State Road, a toll road that ran from Charleston through Columbia to North Carolina.

Poinsett Bridge
© David Vanover of Boiling Springs

Constructed from locally quarried stone, the Poinsett Bridge was one of three stone bridges along the stretch of State Road referred to as the Saluda Mountain Road. The bridge features stepped parapet sidewalls and is marked by a 15-foot Gothic arch which forms the passage for Little Gap Creek, a small tributary of the North Saluda River.

At the time of the bridge's design, Poinsett was the director of the South Carolina Board of Public Works. It is speculated that Robert Mills, architect of many South Carolina buildings as well as the Washington Monument, may have designed the bridge.

SCIWAY thanks David Vanover of Boiling Springs for submitting this picture.

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Colonial Cup
Camden – November 19, 2011

The famous Colonial Cup horse race in Camden attracts many excited observers from all around our state. Gentlemen, make sure to wear your favorite bow-tie, and ladies wear your favorite hat because South Carolinians always show up in style for the race!

South Carolina Events
Complete Calendar of November's SC Events
Statewide – November 1-30, 2011

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