18 September 2008

The Bridges of Greenville County

Ok, so this is the Campbell Covered Bridge, near Greer, SC. There were three covered bridges still standing in South Carolina about twenty years ago, but Campbell's is the sole survivor. It was built in 1909 over the narrow Beaver Dam Creek in northern Greenville County, near Tigerville and Gowensville. It was built by Charles Irwin Willis and named after Alexander Lafayette Campbell, the owner/operator of a grist mill located near the bridge. The bridge is 35 feet long and 12 feet wide and has been restored twice since it's completion, with the most recent being in 1990.

Another view of the Kudzu National Forest...
I'm guessing this used to be Campbell's mill...? Stone foundations nearby (covered in Kudzu of course) suggest other buildings, such as a house.

While we were here, the Wife's friend Sara came out to visit. Say hi Sara!
This is the Poinsett bridge, just a little further north. It is the oldest bridge in South Carolina, having been constructed in 1820. This bridge was once part of an old state highway that tied Greenville, SC with Asheville, NC. The bridge was named for Joel Roberts Poinsett, who was South Carolina's first Commissioner of Public Works.

This bridge is 130 feet long and spans over Little Gap Creek in northern Greenville County on Callahan Road, just off of Old Hwy 25. It is said that Poinsett bridge was designed by Robert Mills, who is known for his Gothic-style arches. Poinsett Bridge would be no exception, as it has a 14-foot arch-way that the creek flows through.


Billy said...

Nice bridge shots Tristan. I've been meaning to get out there myself but haven't gotten around to it yet.

They would be a nice addition to my http://greenvillecountyscusa.com/blog/ too, so we may have to try a little harder now that the weather is getting to be perfect for that kind of thing.

Sara said...

Sweeeeet! I made it into your blog...tell Coty it is about time for her to post the other pics!