One would not expect to see too many skywalks in Columbia because the weather is milder here than many cities in the winter. (Minneapolis, noted for its cold weather, is a city literally connected by skywalks.) There are several here, but the one pictured is the longest and most attractive in my opinion.
About 30 million years ago, this area was a seacoast, as evidenced by the sand and coastal rock formations. Of these, the most unusual is Peachtree rock, which has eroded to the point where it now stands precariously balanced atop a narrow band of stone. Take US #302 out of Columbia, SC. Go past the airport, past South Congaree, and past the Edmund community. Turn left on SC #6 where it veers off from SC #302, then turn left onto the second paved road. At the stop sign, turn right onto a Peachtree Rock Road, and the small parking lot is on the left.
Strom Thurmond Monument
Strom Thurmond (1902-2003) was the country's oldest and longest serving U.S. Senator. He was born in Edgefield on 5 December 1902. He served his country in different ways for nearly 80 years- as a teacher, a coach, a superintendent of schools, a state representative, a World War 2 veteran, governor (1947-51), and U.S. Senator (1955-2003). He ran for President in 1948 against Harry Truman and Thomas Dewey on a third-party ticket. He won 39 electoral votes from 4 Southern states. I know some people in Virgilina who voted for him at that election. Thurmond was most noted for his 48-year long Senate career. He was there long enough to have filibustered against civil rights legislation in 1957, but vote in favour of a national holiday commemorating Martin Luther King a quarter century later. Thurmond also switched parties. He was born a Democrat and was one for most of his life, but in 1964, when he felt the party had gone too far left, he switched to the Republicans. Those who try to transpose today's standards on his early Senate career aren't being fair, the whole national attitude on race has changed markedly and he changed markedly with it.
the koger center for the arts is the cultural hub of columbia. the koger center hosts the USC dance company, the USC symphony and the South Carolina symphony. the world renown violist frank killian is a frequent performer at the koger center. check out the koger center website for schedule of events.