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|Water falls on the Reedy River in downtown Greenville, S.C. Taken while visiting our Son, wife, & grandson in Fort Mill, S.C. We drove to Spartensburg for lunch at the Beacon Drive-in & then on to Greenville for some sight seeing. I could have spent all day there taking photos & with a tri-pod which I didn't take along. I was hampered by the grandson who was getting a little tired so took photos in a hurry. Sorry about the plain sky, I could not get a good selection to insert a blue sky. The pedestrian bridge was neat & one photo I took from underneath did not come out.|
The following info from greatergreenville.com
Long before white settlers arrived, the Cherokee lived and hunted at present-day Greenville.
In 1773, the first European settler in the area, Richard Pearis, purchased 10 square miles along the Reedy River from three Cherokee chiefs. Pearis later operated a grist mill at the Upper Falls of the Reedy.
In 1852, Furman Institution (now Furman University) bought the land. Three textile mills and a cotton warehouse operated in the early 1900s, all contributing to the pollution of the Reedy River.
In 1967, the Carolina Foothills Garden Club reclaimed 26 acres for the current park, with the support of the City of Greenville, Furman University and the Planning Commission. Over the next 40 years, the Garden Club and the City of Greenville have worked with individuals, corporations and state and federal agencies to further develop the park, clean up the river and restore the historic Falls Cottage. In 1990, landscape architect Andrea Mains introduced the concept of transforming the park into a regional attraction, with beautiful public gardens and a pedestrian bridge.
The $4.5 million Liberty Bridge does more than span the Reedy River -- it serves as the focal point of Falls Park , showcasing manís creativity alongside natureís beauty. The bridge is 355-feet long, 12-feet wide, has a horizontal curve radius of 214-feet and 90-foot towers weighing 26 tons each.
The unique design, created by architect Miguel Rosales of Boston , will provide spectacular views of Reedy River Falls.
The bridge's suspension towers stand lean downstream at a 15-degree angle. Subtle lighting in the bridge's handrails and from underneath gives it a glowing effect. Visitors truly will feel as if they are floating over the park.
In addition to the Reedy River Falls, the bridge is the perfect place to view the magnificent public gardens below.
This saturday it was shirtsleeve weather & we sure hated to come back to the snow & cold of Ohio!
Thanks to all who view or critique! Hope you enjoy! :} Don
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