Salters, SC Bridge Collapse, Apr 1897
The "lower" bridge across Black river was almost totally destroyed last Friday by a raft of logs. Mr. J.A. FERRELL, of Salters, was in town the day on which the bridge was damaged, and he said that he saw two rafts of logs floating down the river, with no one guiding them. The first of the rafts passed under the bridge, but the next one struck and knocked the foundation from under about fifty feet of the bridge and almost the entire structure fell into the water.
There is a law on the statute books of South Carolina prohibiting rafts being floated down navigable water-ways without someone to guide them, and this matter should be looked into by the proper authorities, and the guilty parties made to repair the damage.
The County Record, April 22, 1897, page 1