Poinsett Bridge

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Poinsett Bridge
Poinsett Bridge in Greenville County South Carolina.jpg
Poinsett Bridge in South Carolina
Crosses Little Gap Creek
Locale Greenville County, South Carolina
Total length 130 feet (40 m)
Vertical clearance 15 feet (5 m)
Poinsett Bridge
Bridge site in U.S. state of South Carolina
Poinsett Bridge is located in South Carolina
Poinsett Bridge
Nearest city Tigerville, South Carolina
Coordinates 35°07′46.1″N 82°23′03.4″W / 35.129472°N 82.384278°W / 35.129472; -82.384278Coordinates: 35°07′46.1″N 82°23′03.4″W / 35.129472°N 82.384278°W / 35.129472; -82.384278
Area 6 acres (2.4 ha)
Built 1820
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 70000590[1]
Added to NRHP October 22, 1970
Gothic arch of the Poinsett Bridge

Poinsett Bridge, named for Joel Roberts Poinsett, was built in 1820 as part of a road from Columbia, South Carolina to Saluda Mountain and is one of the oldest extant bridges in South Carolina.[2][3] The bridge includes a 14-foot Gothic arch and stretches 130 feet over Little Gap Creek. It may have been designed by Robert Mills, architect of the Washington Monument.[4] Though no longer in use, the stone bridge remains largely intact.[5] The bridge is part of the 120-acre (48.6 ha) Poinsett Bridge Heritage Preserve. A picnic area and walking trail are planned.[6] The bridge is off U.S. Highway 25 north of Greenville, South Carolina. After passing South Carolina Highway 11, turn right onto Old US 25. Then turn right onto Callahan Mountain Road near North Saluda Reservoir. Poinsett Bridge is on the left side of Callahan Mountain Road. The bridge was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1970.[1] A picnic area and walking trail are planned.[7]


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  2. ^ Schuette, Mary (August 29, 1970). "Poinsett Bridge" (pdf). National Register of Historic Places - Nomination and Inventory. Retrieved 7 July 2012. 
  3. ^ "Poinsett Bridge, Greenville County (S.C. Sec. Rd. 42, Tigerville vicinity)". National Register Properties in South Carolina. South Carolina Department of Archives and History. Retrieved 7 July 2012. 
  4. ^ Greenville County Recreation District. The Tulane University library has a brush drawing by Mill of a similar bridge, lending credence to the belief that Mills designed it.
  5. ^ Edgar, Walter, ed. The South Carolina Encyclopedia, University of South Carolina Press, 2006 ISBN 1-57003-598-9, pp. 739-740.
  6. ^ South Carolina Department of Natural Resources website
  7. ^ Additional pictures and information about the bridge is available from the Historic American Engineering Record at the Library of Congress.HAER photos of Poinsett Bridge