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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 Memorial1101 Lincoln Street – Columbia, SC

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.”

Roadside Buzz – George Washington’s Broken Statute ~ Columbia, SC

The State House in Columbia, South Carolina, is a must see stop for visitor’s to the Palmetto State. Complete with gorgeously maintained pathways and monuments commemorating the the state’s rich history, the grounds also include remnants of the U.S. Civil War.

In addition to metal stars located on the outside walls of the state house that memorialize damage caused by Federal troops during the capture of Columbia in 1865, there stands is a broken (some say vandalized) bronze statute of President George Washington.

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Roadside Buzz – Busted Plug Plaza ~ Columbia, SC

It’s called “Busted Plug Plaza,” and it’s four stories in height and weighs 675,000 pounds. This massive piece of art that purportedly can survive a direct hit by a tornado, was created by Columbia, SC based artist Blue Sky and was unveiled in 2001. 

Although two other cities claim to have the largest Fire Hydrant /Plug, busted Plug is both bigger and heavier and thus firmly holds the title. It is located on Taylor St., between Marion and Bull Streets in the same parking lot (AgFirst Farm Credit Bank) as Blue Sky’s acclaimed “Tunnelvision.”

We stopped by to check it out on our trip to Columbia.