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RIVZOG_071206_003.JPG: A bridge to the past.
In 1819, a covered bridge was built to span this part of the Saluda River. Confederate Troops burned the bridge in 1865 hoping to stop the advance of General Sherman's army.
The burning didn't halt Sherman -- he ordered the construction of a floating bridge built from lumber cut at the Saluda Mill, located a few hundred yards upstream.
Today, four granite abutments remain from the original bridge and can be seen on each side of the river and the islands in between.
RIVZOG_071206_009.JPG: Saluda River
RIVZOG_071206_012.JPG: You can see the remnants of the older bridge that was burned by the Confederates in 1865.
RIVZOG_071206_137.JPG: Saluda Mill ruins
RIVZOG_071206_145.JPG: Saluda Factory Ruins:
The Saluda Factory, built in 1834, was one of the first water-powered textile mills in South Carolina. During the Civil War, the mill manufactured material used in making shirts and woolen uniforms for the Confederate Army. This area saw considerable military activity during February, 1865. General William T. Sherman used the site as a staging area before the burning of Columbia.
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Wikipedia Description: Riverbanks Zoo
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The Riverbanks Zoo and Garden (170 acres) is a large zoo, aquarium, and botanical garden located at 500 Wildlife Parkway, Columbia, South Carolina, USA. It is located along the Saluda River in Columbia, SC.
Riverbanks Zoo has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1973, and dates back to the early 1800s with South Carolina's textile industry and the American Civil War.
Riverbanks Zoo and Garden is South Carolina's largest gated attraction, averaging 850,000 visitors each year. Riverbanks is also a four-time winner of the Southeastern Tourism Society's Shining Example Award as the southeast's top tourist attraction and a two-time winner of the SC Parks Recreation and Tourism Governor's Cup Award as South Carolina's Leading Attraction. Riverbanks is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).
The Zoo is home to over 3,000 animals, with extensive collections of mammals, birds, reptiles and fish. Recent additions to the Zoo include exhibits for African elephants, gorillas and koalas. The Birdhouse at Riverbanks (opened 2002) was given a Significant Achievement Award by the AZA as one of the best new zoo exhibits in the United States and features an incredible display of king, rockhopper and gentoo penguins.
Riverbanks also has a large botanical garden (70 acres) with more than 4,200 species of native and exotic plants. A trail system is available to visitors which allows them to explore several kilometers of bottomland and upland mixed hardwood forests in search of the myriad of native wildlife that call the Zoo and Garden home.
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