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Icons of Columbia

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Let's see some examples and discuss. I'm just trying to wake this board up a little. :)

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The freaking "Gamecock" comes to mind. :sick: While it may be visible in many forms, it is inseparably glued to the city's image, and therefore an icon, IMO.

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^I agree. I think that might be the case for most capital cities (Raleigh would be a known exception, since NC's capitol is pretty modest by comparison). Charleston, WV's logo is actually a depiction of WV's Statehouse dome.

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The Gervais Street Bridge and USC's Horseshoe are also icons of Columbia.

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While it may not be a structure, the heat/humidity of Columbia are notoriously associated with the city.

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I don't associate Maurice's exclusively with Columbia since he has other locations throughout the state (although I know of none with the big pig).

How about the Finlay Park fountain, the fire hydrine (sp?) sculpture/fountain, and the Neverbust chain on Main?

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I'm sure there are many others, but I can only think of the historic State House that I believe was under construction when Sherman's Army burned Columbia near the end of the War Between the States (1861-64)...

Also, I read somewhere that Columbia's boulevards were built very wide because it was too far for mosquitoes to travel or something like that...

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The Tunnel Vision mural

Riverbanks Zoo

The MLK Mural under the train tressled on Main St

Eau Claire Clock Tower

Adluh Flour Building

just to name a few that come to mind.

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The Adluh sign is a good one. I would say the Ra stone in Olympia, but I'm not sure how well-known that is.

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There are so many more...the North Main railroad trestle, Sylvan's Jewelers, the rocket at the State Fairgrounds, the Palmetto Building, the dome of the Babcock Building at the State Hospital, etc...

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Don't forget the State Museum, Five Points, the Governor's Mansion, and Longstreet Theater.

That bizarro thing in Olympia is not an icon--it's pretty obscure (and rightly so.) The Olympia Mill is much more of an icon, IMO.

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Don't forget the State Museum, Five Points, the Governor's Mansion, and Longstreet Theater.

That bizarro thing in Olympia is not an icon--it's pretty obscure (and rightly so.) The Olympia Mill is much more of an icon, IMO.

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I'd say the Southtrust building is more of an icon in that sense than the palmetto buliding, simply becasue it is the tallest. I also agree that USC doesn't have an 'iconic' presence to the average visitor, though they are likely to stumble accross it as they go around town. I'd say that Longstreet Theater cand Capstone should be on the list, however.

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GvilleSC, I pretty much agree. I think the icons in this case would be things that someone that is at least somewhat familiar with Columbia would no doubt associate with Columbia. I think I'd add Williams-Brice stadium to your list as well.

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I think I'd add Williams-Brice stadium to your list as well.

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To me, icons of Columbia are things that would be painted in a caricature of the city. Wide, tree-lined boulevards draped over a gently rolling terrain come to mind, as well as the palmetto tree, the capitol with its dome and huge columns, the Congaree River, Williams-Brice stadium, the Colonial Center and the charming, well balanced downtown skyline. These are just off the top of my head.

Second tier would be things like the Capitol Centre itself, with its simplistic design; the color green in many shades ranging from the green barely detected in the Capitol Centre, to the capitol dome when it is completely oxidized, to the green hues in the Meridian building, to the future domes on the Greek Orthodox cathedral on Main, to the tree canopy; and mill buildings.

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My two cents, that one being a out of towner what we view as iconic of Columbia

Finaly Park Fountain

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Capital Dome

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Skyline from I-77

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Williams Brice-funny side note when I was little i was always told Carolina played here and I only knew of the Carolina Panthers so I use to think the Panthers were Columbia's team

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Gervis Street Bridge

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Capstone House

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Old Carolina Colisuem and the massive steps on the Blossom Street side.

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Man, you're young if the Panthers existed when you were little. :D

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haha I am only 19 years old. This was like way back in 1995-96 when I use to come to SC and vist my grandmother seeing it from I-77 and Charlotte was just awarded them

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Well I'm 8 years older than you so that would explain it. :)

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