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The two RV Gypsies
at the South entrance of Riverfront Park and Canal
312 Laurel Street
Columbia, SC 29201
November 9, 2020

This 167 acre park was the site of the original waterworks for the City of Columbia. This was also the site of the world's first electrically operated textile mill and the hydroelectric plant, the oldest one in the state that is still operating.

A popular jogging/walking trail runs two and one half miles along the linear park and offers wonderful views of the river. There is also a beautiful brick amphitheater as well as a self guided walkway by the old parts of the water plant.

The park, which separates the Historic Columbia Canal and the convergence of the Congaree, Saluda, and Broad Rivers is approximately 167 acres.

The entrance to Riverfront Park - south Columbia Canal Entrance at Riverfront Park
Lee Duquette at the Columbia Riverfront Park entrance Columbia Canal Water Tower

Below - South Carolina Crime Victims Memorial

South Carolina Crime Victims Memorial
South Carolina Crime Victims Memorial
squirrel squirrel
Riverfront Park Waterworks sign

Below: A piece of art depicting the Rocky Shoals Spider Lily as mentioned in the above photo.

Rocky Shoals Spider Lily art

As the two RV Gypsies approached the footbridge, they stopped at a granite stone monument. The poem, a four-stanza ode entitled "Congaree" hails the river as "O tawny flood!" It is composed in metrically competent Faerie Queene stanzas. The author, Max Revelise (1907-1962), wrote the ode to the Congaree River.

O tawny flood poem
footbridge Lee Duquette on the footbridge
Karen Duquette on the footbridge

Below: Views from the footbridge.

view from the footbridge view from the footbridge

Below: A sign about the Canal's history and several different views of the canal.

sign about the Canal's history
the canal at Riverfront Park in Columbia SC the canal at Riverfront Park in Columbia SC
drainage tunnel the canal at Riverfront Park in Columbia SC

drainage pipes

the canal at Riverfront Park in Columbia SC

Below: Lee Duquette walked backwards down the stairs at the patio area with art on the walls (and balloons from a party previously held here).

jaws balloons Lee Duquette at the patio
Panorama of the patio area
art on the patio art on the patio
Panorama of the patio area
Panorama of the patio area

Then the two RV Gypsies entered through the red doors shown in the photo below to view the Hydraulic Turbine house and learn a bit of its history.

Panorama of the patio area
Columbia Canal history sign
sign about the Hydraulic Turbine House
Hydraulic Turbine House Hydraulic Turbine House
sign about the Hydroelectric Plant
the Hydroelectric plants in 1894

Below: Sometimes you just have to see it to believe it!!!! No words needed!

moss covered tree Lee Duquette and the moss covered tree
Lee Duquette and the moss covered tree

Below: The two RV Gypsies were fascinated by a four-sided rock monument with a lot of hidden items embedded in it, such as a plastic knife, a bottle, a clasp, tools, an old cell phone, a skeleton and lots more. After photographing each side, Karen Duquette took a few close-ups of a few of the embedded items. How many items can you find???

rock monument in Riverfront Park rock monument in Riverfront Park
rock monument in Riverfront Park rock monument in Riverfront Park
rock monument in Riverfront Park rock monument in Riverfront Park
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rock monument in Riverfront Park rock monument in Riverfront Park
rock monument in Riverfront Park rock monument in Riverfront Park

Below: A monument in memory of the Irish who built the Canal.

a monument in memory of the Irish who built the Canal. a monument in memory of the Irish who built the Canal.

There was also an empty pedestal where a statue of Christopher Columbus used to be. But the statue was vandalized several times and had to be taken down.

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