Traveling South....Third Stop: Columbia (part 1)

by Camellia Staab January. 08, 2019 415 views

Columbia, South Carolina and Springfield, Illinois have several things in common. They both have approximately the same number of populace. They both have a university, they both are the State Capitol and they are both centrally located within the state. But thus ends their commonality.

Columbia was chosen as the new state capital in 1786. It was incorporated as a village in 1805 and then as a city in 1854. The commissioners designed a town of 400 blocks in a 2-mile (3 km) square along the river. The blocks were divided into lots of 0.5 acres (2,000 m2) and sold to speculators and prospective residents. Buyers had to build a house at least 30 feet (9.1 m) long and 18 feet (5.5 m) wide within three years or face an annual 5% penalty. The perimeter streets and two through streets were 150 feet (46 m) wide. The remaining squares were divided by thoroughfares 100 feet (30 m) wide. The width was determined by the belief that dangerous and pesky mosquitoes could not fly more than 60 feet (18 m) without dying of starvation along the way (information gathered from Wikipedia).

Columbians still enjoy most of the magnificent network of wide streets but I believe they have since realized that mosquitoes do have the ability to fly longer distances before dying.

The present day State House was built and completed in 1903. It is the third State House, in South Carolina, and the second in Columbia (more background information can be found here).

Next stop: Columbia part 2.........we are going to take a tour of the area.

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Jay Boggess 2 years, 4 months ago

What a wonderful tour! Great camera work!

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Camellia Staab Replied to Jay Boggess 2 years, 4 months ago

Thank you Jay, glad you enjoyed them grinning

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Heike 2 years, 4 months ago

Great post and pictures, Camellia. Do you know something about this grinning man with the white hair on the portraits in #4 and #8? He looks so cheerfully and that really catched my eyes. smile

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Heike Replied to Heike 2 years, 4 months ago

Sorry, #2 and #8... smileIt's already 10:30 p.m here and my brain is in sleeping mode...

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Camellia Staab Replied to Heike 2 years, 4 months ago

Mary McLeod Bethune - Born to former slaves just 10 years after the end of the Civil War, this Sumter County native decided early on that education was the key to ending the cycle of poverty. In 1904, she started a small school for African-American girls which eventually became Bethune-Cookman University. Under Franklin Roosevelt she served as Special Advisor on Minority Affairs, and in 1935 she founded the National Council for Negro Women to "represent the national and international concerns of Black women." Her portrait hangs in South Carolina's State House in Columbia.  https://www.sciway.net/hist/people/women.html

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Heike Replied to Camellia Staab 2 years, 4 months ago

smile How embarrassing, it's a woman.... Haha, I really thought it's a man with a bit wild hair....
Thanks Camellia!

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Camellia Staab Replied to Heike 2 years, 4 months ago

No worries my first impression was the same as yours smile

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David Swatton 2 years, 4 months ago

Good post - although #8 looks like the lobby of a fancy hotel smile 
The African American History memorial looks interesting - perhaps things are changing... slowly.

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Camellia Staab Replied to David Swatton 2 years, 4 months ago

Depends on the moon, and the sun, and the way the wind blows....you know 😉

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Pete Fitzgetald 2 years, 4 months ago

Fantastic shots, you were "Aiken" to get to Columbia I see

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Camellia Staab Replied to Pete Fitzgetald 2 years, 4 months ago

Indeed sir, your geography is getting better 😉

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Camellia Staab Replied to Pete Fitzgetald 2 years, 4 months ago

And I just realized what you are saying.....aching. Someone is slow today :)

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Russell Smith 2 years, 4 months ago

I am looking forward to part 2 . You did a great job showing off the State House.

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Camellia Staab Replied to Russell Smith 2 years, 4 months ago

Thanks Russell smile

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Nora Whalen 2 years, 4 months ago

#2Beautiful

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Camellia Staab Replied to Nora Whalen 2 years, 4 months ago

I agree Nora, it is a classy place smile

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Lisa Britton 2 years, 4 months ago

City tour and people watching up next...your tours are great.

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Camellia Staab Replied to Lisa Britton 2 years, 4 months ago

smile+1

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Antonio Gil 2 years, 4 months ago

Thanks for taking us with you to visit these cities of USA

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Camellia Staab Replied to Antonio Gil 2 years, 4 months ago

Hey, you've taken us around the world, the least I can do is show you some of the areas here smile

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Will Neville 2 years, 4 months ago

These are all amazing Camellia. Nice capturing

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Camellia Staab Replied to Will Neville 2 years, 4 months ago

Thank you Will smile

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Berckmans Peter 2 years, 4 months ago

Love it love it and love it . Thanks for sharing

2 years, 4 months ago Edited
Camellia Staab Replied to Berckmans Peter 2 years, 4 months ago

My pleasure smile

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