December 31st Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Old Memorial Bridge, Then and Now

(Photos Uploaded By Alan Cutts)

Today’s photos are of the old “Memorial Bridge” that was a familiar landmark for years around the Clemson area until lake Hartwell was built. You can see Tillman Hall in the below right of the picture. 
The lake was created in 1963 when the Hartwell Dam was built on the Savannah River Basin seven miles below the point at which the Tugaloo and Seneca Rivers join to form the Savannah. 
The Memorial Bridge, before the flooding of the lake, was the method of transportation over the river. Here you can see the inscription on the bridge.

This picture and graphic shows the location of the bridge along the old road (Highway 123).

Back in 2008 when the lake hit record levels of drought, the Memorial Bridge once again saw the light of day. Here is a picture of the remains of the bridge during that drought.

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Originally published at on December 31, 2015.

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