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Reflections with Sammy Way: A pictorial expose of Sumter County bridges

By SAMMY WAY
Archivist and historian
Posted 3/7/20

Reflections has conducted research on the various designs of bridges found in Sumter County. Webster's dictionary defines a bridge as "a structure built over a river, railroad, highway, etc. to provide a way across for vehicles or …

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Reflections with Sammy Way: A pictorial expose of Sumter County bridges

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Reflections has conducted research on the various designs of bridges found in Sumter County. Webster's dictionary defines a bridge as "a structure built over a river, railroad, highway, etc. to provide a way across for vehicles or pedestrians."

Research has shown that there are a variety of bridges located within the Sumter community and several of these bridges have distinct histories. The author has utilized a number of articles and photos from The Item archives to complete this paper.

According to Wikipedia Encyclopedia "the simplest type of bridge is often referred to as steppingstones", as this is believed to have been one of the earliest types of these structures. "Neolithic people also built a form of boardwalk across marshes, of which the Sweet Track and the Post Track, are examples from England that are around 6000 years old. Undoubtedly ancient peoples would also have used log bridges; that is a timber bridge that fall naturally or are intentionally felled or placed across streams. Some of the first man-made bridges with significant span were probably intentionally felled trees." Sumter County has constructed a number of these structures offering an eclectic view of the different types of bridges to Sumter's motoring public

During the time that our country was developing its interstate highway program massive bridges utilizing concrete and steel girders became evident in and around the city. Our research will present a number of various types of bridges that can be witnessed as one travels in and around Sumter County.