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"Columbia city, capital of South Carolina, and sent of justice of Richland district, on the left or E. bank of the Congaree river, immediately below the confluence of the Saluda and Broad, 124 miles N. N. W. from Charles ton, and 500 miles from Washington. Lat. 33° 57' N., Ion. 81° 7' W. It is pleasantly situated on a plain, and regularly laid out, with streets about 100 feet wide, bordered with ornamental trees. The greater number of the dwellings are of wood, and others are of brick. Columbia is the seat of South Carolina College, founded by the state in 1804, and liberally endowed. It has 8 professors, and a library of 17,000 volumes. The main buildings are of brick, 210 feet long, 25 feet wide, and 3 stories high. The other public buildings are the State house, 170 feet long by 60 wide, court house, 8 banks, a market house, the Insane Asylum, and churches of the Presbyterians, Episcopalians, Baptists, and Methodists. The Insane Asylum is richly endowed, and well conducted, under the charge of the state. It had, in 1851, 176 patients. The building is one of the most splendid in the city. Columbia also contains several academies, a theological seminary founded by the Presbyterians in 1831, and 4 newspaper offices, besides a number of other printing offices. It is at the head of steamboat navigation, and the terminus of three railroads,connecting it with Charleston. Augusta, &c, namely, the Columbia Branch, the Greenville and Columbia, and the Charlotte and South Carolina railroad. Population, in 1850, 6060."

A New and Complete Gazetteer of the United States: Giving a Full and Comprehensive Review of the Present Condition, Industry, and Resources of the American Confederacy ...
Thomas Baldwin (of Philadelphia.)
Joseph Thomas
January 1, 1854
Philadelphia : Lippincott, Grambo & Company 1854.

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  • 1786 - Capital moved from Charleston to Columbia


  • 1865 - Gen. Sherman's troops reached Middleton Place Plantation, left it in ruins; burned Columbia; Civil War ended

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  • News 1875 - Tornado
    Augusta, Ga., May 1. - A fearful tornado struck Columbia, S.C., at half past 4 this afternoon. The steeple of the Presbyterian Church was demolished, ...Read MORE...


  • News 1897 - FIRE IN AN INSANE ASYLUM. ATTENDANTS AT COLUMBIA, S. C., AT FIRST REFUSED TO ADMIT FIREMEN TO THE BURNING BUILDING.
    Columbia, S. C., June 2. - A few minutes after 1 P.M. fire was discovered in the laundry of the State Insane Asylum, where nearly 1,000 patients are...Read MORE...


  • News 1900 - TRESTLES AND BRIDGES GONE - Flood Retarding Work of the Seaboard Air-Line
    Columbia, S.C., February 15. - (Special.)
    The connections of the Seaboard between Camden and Casey s, just across the Congaree river from Columbia,...Read MORE...


  • Columbia, South Carolina, USA
    Main St, Looking South toward the Capitol
  • Columbia, South Carolina, USA
    Post Office
  • 1916
    Columbia, a city, the capital of South Carolina and of Richland co., is on the left or E. bank of the Congaree River, at the confluence of the Broad...Read MORE...


  • Columbia, South Carolina, USA
    National Loan & Exchange Bank Bldg., Columbia, S.C.
  • News 1942 - SEVEN KILLED WHEN BIG ARMY BOMBER CRASHES. PLANE PLUNGES INTO GROUND WHILE LANDING.
    Columbia, S.C., Sept. 13 (AP) - Four officers and three enlisted men were killed in the crash of an Army bomber Sunday a mile from the Columbia Army...Read MORE...




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National Loan & Exchange Bank Bldg., Columbia, S.C.

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  • 1786 - Capital moved from Charleston to Columbia
  • 1865 - Gen. Sherman's troops reached Middleton Place Plantation, left it in ruins; burned Columbia; Civil War ended
    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ sctimeln.htm
  • News  1875 - Tornado
    Augusta, Ga., May 1. - A fearful tornado struck Columbia, S.C., at half past 4 this afternoon. The steeple of the Presbyterian Church was demolished, ... Read MORE...

  • News  1897 - FIRE IN AN INSANE ASYLUM. ATTENDANTS AT COLUMBIA, S. C., AT FIRST REFUSED TO ADMIT FIREMEN TO THE BURNING BUILDING.
    Columbia, S. C., June 2. - A few minutes after 1 P.M. fire was discovered in the laundry of the State Insane Asylum, where nearly 1,000 patients are... Read MORE...

  • News  1900 - TRESTLES AND BRIDGES GONE - Flood Retarding Work of the Seaboard Air-Line
    Columbia, S.C., February 15. - (Special.)
    The connections of the Seaboard between Camden and Casey s, just across the Congaree river from Columbia,... Read MORE...

  • 1916
    Columbia, a city, the capital of South Carolina and of Richland co., is on the left or E. bank of the Congaree River, at the confluence of the Broad... Read MORE...

  • News  1942 - SEVEN KILLED WHEN BIG ARMY BOMBER CRASHES. PLANE PLUNGES INTO GROUND WHILE LANDING.
    Columbia, S.C., Sept. 13 (AP) - Four officers and three enlisted men were killed in the crash of an Army bomber Sunday a mile from the Columbia Army... Read MORE...

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