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
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
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.”
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.