Poinsett Bridge vandalized

GREENVILLE COUNTY, S.C. — Staff with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources’ Heritage Trust Program along with members of the Glassy Mountain Fire Dept. recently removed graffiti that was illegally painted on Poinsett Bridge in northern Greenville County.

Brian Long, Heritage Trust cultural preserve manager, and Abel Tobias, cultural preserve technician, spent the better part of two days removing the graffiti.

SCDNR law enforcement is investigating the spray painting, which was likely done Nov. 22-23.

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Believed to be South Carolina's oldest bridge, the bridge was part of the State Road that connected Charleston and Columbia with the North Carolina mountain communities into Tennessee. It is a 14-foot Gothic arch stone structure and stretches 130 feet over Little Gap Creek. Historians believe that is was designed by Robert Mills, architect of the Washington Monument.

Poinsett Heritage Preserve is located on Callahan Mountain Road in the northern part of Greenville County.

If anyone has any information, they are asked to call Operation Game Thief at 1-800-922-5431 or text SCDNR + your tip to 847-411. You do not need to leave your name.

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