Roadside Buzz ~ World’s Smallest Police Station ~ Ridgeway, SC
It’s the World’s Smallest Police Station…or at least it used to be. We stopped in at the town of Ridgeway, South Carolina just off of US 21 to visit a police station that is little bigger than a bathroom stall.
The station first opened its doors in 1940 and was last used for law enforcement purposes in 1990. Today it serves as a visitor kiosk, but still proudly displays a sign recognizing its significance as a micro office for police. Just beside the old station is the new police station which opened its doors in 1990. While the new station is larger (about 2x as large as its predecessor), it too is a testament to tiny work spaces.
Old Ridgeway Police Station: 160 N. Palmer St., Ridgeway, SC
Roadside Buzz – First Responders Remembrance Memorial ~ Columbia, SC
The Columbia, South Carolina First Responders Remembrance Memorial located at 1101 Lincoln Street is dedicated to all SC Midlands firefighters, law enforcement, ems, and branches of the military who have lost their lives in the line of duty since 9/11.
The memorial is constructed of two granite towers as well as two beams from tower the World Trade Center, remembering September 11, 2001.
Located adjacent to the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, the memorial is located within walking distance of the South Carolina State House and other area attractions. It’s a must-see on your trip to Columbia.
First Responders Remembrance Memorial: 1101 Lincoln Street – Columbia, SC
Roadside Buzz – Henry River Mill Village: aka: “District 12” in the Hunger Games ~ Burke County, NC
Just outside of Hildebran, North Carolina on Henry River Road, about 1/2 mile from exit 119 near Hickory sits the abandoned Henry River Mill Village. The community isn’t a recent victim of economic woes, but a remnant of a bygone error. It is also the site chosen to serve as the deprecated District 12 in the movie The Hunger Games.
Roadside Buzz – Tunnelvision Mural ~ Columbia, SC
Unveiled in 1975, Tunnelvision, the magnificent and massive mural created by Columbia based artist Blue Sky is a 50 ft x 75 ft work of art painted on the side of the Federal Land Bank Building. Visitors who happen upon the mural by accident describe it as “deceptively realistic”: though nobody has actually tried to drive into it.
Tunnelvision is located on Taylor St., between Marion and Bull Streets in the same parking lot (AgFirst Farm Credit Bank) as Blue Sky’s acclaimed “Busted Plug Plaza.”