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The Highways of South Carolina SC 50 to 59 
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SC 50  not currently assigned
Previous SC 50's: SC 50: An original SC route. Began at the corner of Assembly (SC 2 then) and Taylor St in Columbia, then headed northeast on Two Notch Road to Camden, Bethune, McBee, and Cheraw before heading into North Carolina. The route continued as NC 50.
SC 50 was routed along three national trail routes in 1922: National Highway, Capitol Trail, and Atlantic Highway.
SC 50 was replaced by US 1 in 1927. Today it is still US 1 except Cheraw to Kollock is no longer part of the primary highway system.
SC 50 was the highest number in the original system.
SC 51
From: US 701 Kensington (Georgetown County)
To: US 76 Florence (Florence County).
Total Length: 67.7 miles  
ROUTE LOG
US 701: 0 - 0
SC 41 SB: 14.7 - 14.7
SC 513: 2.3 - 17
Williamsburg-Georgetown Line: 0 - 17
SC 512: 1.2 - 18.2
SC 261: 7.5 - 25.7
Florence-Williamsburg Line: 2.2 - 27.9
SC 341: 2.4 - 30.3
US 378 EB, SC 41 NB: 4.2 - 34.5
US 378 WB: 3.3 - 37.8
SC 327 NB: 17.3 - 55.1
SC 327 SB: 0.1 - 55.2
US 52, US 301: 8.7 - 63.9
US 76: 3.8 - 67.7
Creation: Appeared in 1925 or 1926 as new routing. Originally began at SC 40 (current US 701) Campfield northwest to Hemingway via Outland, then Johnsonville, and northwest ending at SC 41 (current US 52-301) Florence.
Adjustments: In 1960 or 1961, SC 51 was totally rerouted at Hemingway, to follow SC 41 down to the Rhems area, then southeast over what had been secondary routing to US 701 at Kensington, as it runs today. The old route became extended SC 261 and S-22-4.
SC 51 was extended over to US 76 in 1978.
Improvements: SC 51 was paved from Florence to Pamlico in 1934.
SC 51 was paved between Hemingway and Johnsonville in 1936.
In 1937 or 1938, SC 51 was paved from Pamlico to Salem and from Outland south 14 miles.
SC 51 was fully paved in 1939.
SC 51 was multilaned from Hemingway to Johnsonville by 1975.
SC 51 was multilaned on the Second Loop Rd extension to US 76 when designated in 1978.
SC 51 was multilaned from US 52-301 southeast to S-21-57 in 1997.
Comment: SC 51 provides a fairly direct connection from Georgetown to Florence.

 
SC 51
From: US 21 near Forest Lake (York County)
To: North Carolina State Line (York County). The route continues as NC 51 to NC 24-27 Allen, NC
Total Length: 0.8 miles (SC + NC 51 = 27 miles)  
ROUTE LOG
US 21: 0 - 0
NC STATE LINE: 0.8 - 0.8
Creation: Created as an anomaly between 1968-69, running as it does today. This was a replacement for part of US 21, which was routed on the freeway that became I-77.
Adjustments: None
Improvements: Fully paved upon designation; no mulitlane segments.
Comment: This second unrelated SC 51 exists to match NC 51 on the other side. However, it would make better sense to have numbered this as SC 251 and it isn't too late to do this...
US 52

 
 
SC 52  not currently assigned
Previous SC 52's: SC 52: Appeared in 1925 or 1926, running from SC 2-45 (current US 601-SC 6 jct) St. Matthews north through Ft. Motte, Wateree, and Eastover before ending at SC 3 (current US 76/378-SC 263 jct). SC 52 ran 27 miles.
In 1935, SC 52 was renumbered as SC 26 to make room for US 52 coming to South Carolina. Today, this is partly US 601, though the Calhoun County portion of this route is mostly not numbered as anything. SC 52 crossed the Wateree River at the north end of today's S-9-151. The Richland County routing up to Wateree and Eastover is uncertain, but SC 52 did use today's SC 263.

 
 
SC 53
From: US 378 Sumter County
To: SC 403 Hobbs Crossroads (Sumter County).
Total Length: 12.1 miles  
ROUTE LOG
US 378: 0 - 0
SC 58 NB: 6 - 6
I-95 (exit 141): 0.3 - 6.3
SC 58 SB: 0.1 - 6.4
SC 341: 5.3 - 11.7
SC 403: 0.4 - 12.1
Creation: Resurrected as a state route in 1970, running as it does today, replacing S-41-10.
Adjustments:SC 53 was originally created in 1925 or 1926 as new routing. Originally ran from SC 3 (current US 76) Timmonsville south to SC 341 below Hobbs Crossroads.
In 1937 or 1938, SC 53 was extended as new routing southwest to SC 54 (current US 378) for a maximum length of 20 miles.
In 1968 or 1969, SC 53 was eliminated: north of Hobbs Crossroads was replaced by an expanded SC 403, while south of Hobbs Crossroads became S-41-10.
SC 53 was restored in 1970.
Improvements: SC 53 was paved in Sumter County in 1937 or 1938.
SC 53 bcame fully paved in 1941 or 1942.
SC 53 has no multilane segments.
Comment: SC 53 does not really serve any useful purpose.
SC 53 is the only route to be decommissioned and resurrected not in association with the great 1948 denumbering. When the I-95 overpass was undergoing maintenance in the early 90's, they uncovered the initial painted identification of the route - S-41-10, meaning the downgrade was real. Of course, the bridge still carried SC 58...
SC 54  not currently assigned
Previous SC 54's: SC 54: Appeared in 1925 or 1926, running from SC 3 (current US 76 business) to SC 4 (current US 301) Turbeville.
In 1929 or 1930, SC 54 was extended east as new routing to US 17 (current US 52) Lake City.
In 1939, SC 54 was extended east as new routing to SC 51 Salem for its maximum length of 50 miles.
In 1951 or 1952, SC 54 was renumbered in its entirety as part of US 378. It remains so today except in Lake City it is US 378 Business and in Sumter it is now the easternmost part of SC 763.
SC 55
From: SC 5 Piedmont Springs (Cherokee County)
To: SC 49SC 274 near Nanny Mtn. (York County).
Total Length: 21.3 miles  
ROUTE LOG
SC 5: 0 - 0
York-Cherokee Line: 0.5 - 0.5
SC 161: 7.3 - 7.8
US 321: 5.7 - 13.5
SC 557: 2.3 - 15.8
SC 49, SC 274: 5.5 - 21.3
Creation: Appeared in 1931 as new routing. Originally ran like today, but also further west to Kings Creek, where SC 5 used to be. This is the 2nd SC 55.
Adjustments: SC 55 west was truncated to its current end in 1951 or 1952, replaced by a rerouted SC 5.
Improvements: In 1937 or 1938, SC 55 was paved from Bethany to SC 557.
In 1939, SC 55 was paved between SC 557 and SC 49/274.
SC 55 became fully paved in 1941 or 1942.
SC 55 has no multilane segments.
Comment: SC 55 runs across northern York county, just underneath Kings Mtn Natioanl Battlefield.
Previous SC 55's: SC 55 #1: Created in 1925 or 1926 as new primary routing. Ran from SC 21 (current US 25) near Greenwood southeast 11 miles to SC 24 (current SC 246) Friendship.
About 1930, SC 55 was renumbered as part of SC 24. Today it is part of US 178.
SC 56
From: SC 39 Vaughnville (Newberry County
To: US 176 near Spartanburg (Spartanburg County).
Total Length: 64.3 miles  
ROUTE LOG
SC 39: 0 - 0
Laurens-Newberry Line: 9.1 - 9.1
SC 560: 0.7 - 9.8
SC 66: 4.5 - 14.3
SC 56 Bus, SC 72 WB: 4.3 - 18.6
US 76: 1.6 - 20.2
SC 72 EB, SC 72 Bus: 1.4 - 21.6
SC 56 Bus: 0.8 - 22.4
I-26 (exit 52): 2 - 24.4
Union-Laurens Line: 6.6 - 31
Spartanburg-Union Line: 0.6 - 31.6
SC 49: 2.8 - 34.4
SC 146: 0.3 - 34.7
SC 150: 11.3 - 46
SC 215 SB: 2.7 - 48.7
SC 215 NB: 1 - 49.7
SC 295: 6 - 55.7
US 221 SB: 3.3 - 59
US 29: 0.3 - 59.3
SC 296: 0.2 - 59.5
US 221 NB: 0.7 - 60.2
I-85 Bus (exit 4): 2.3 - 62.5
US 176: 1.8 - 64.3
Creation: Appeared in 1928 as new routing. Ran from SC 392 (current SC 39) to US 176 (current SC 215) Pauline.
Adjustments: The 1939 Texaco Map shows SC 56 multiplexed with US 176 into Spartanburg, ending at US 29 Main St at Union St.
In 1949, the US 176 multiplex was dropped above Pauline.
In 1960 or 1961, SC 56 was extended north through Spartanburg out Asheville Hwy to US 176 like it does today. This was a replacement for part of US 176, which moved onto I-585.
Sometime after 1990, SC 56 was placed on a bypass east around Clinton, leaving behind SC 56 Business. The full Clinton bypass was actually built by 1985, but it was P-3002 at first. Official maps do not differentiate when it changed from a P route to SC 56-72 Bypass
Improvements: In 1933, SC 56's routing in Spartanburg County was paved.
In 1939, SC 56 was paved everywhere except Clinton south to the Newberry County Line.
SC 56 was fully paved in 1941 or 1942.
SC 56 was multilaned when placed on Church St. Spartanburg in 1960 or 1961.
SC 56 was multilaned from US 221 NB to US 176 in 1970.
SC 56 was multilaned from US 221 SB to SC 295 between 1998-2001.
Comment: SC 56 serves Croft State Park, as well as back way from Spartanburg to Clinton.
SC 56 is blown off by the new I-85 in Spartanburg.
SC 67
BUSINESS

From: SC 56 SC 72 Clinton (Laurens County)
To: SC 56 Smallwood (Laurens County).
Total Length: 2.7 miles  
ROUTE LOG
SC 56, SC 72: 0 - 0
SC 72 Bus WB: 0.4 - 0.4
US 76: 0.6 - 1
SC 308: 0.5 - 1.5
SC 72 Bus EB: 0.4 - 1.9
SC 56: 0.8 - 2.7
Creation: Appeared sometime after 1990 as is it does today. It was of course mainline SC 56 before this.
Adjustments: None
Improvements: Fully paved upon designation.
There are no mulitlane segments on SC 56 Business.
Comment: SC 56 Business for Clinton uses Broad St., Frances Willard Rd, and Musgrove St.
SC 57
From: SC 41SC 41 ALT Fork (Dillon County)
To: North Carolina State Line above the Little Pee Dee River (Dillon County).
Total Length: 15.9 miles  
ROUTE LOG
SC 41, SC 41 ALT: 0 - 0
SC 9 EB: 10.8 - 10.8
US 301 SB, US 501 SB, SC 34: 1 - 11.8
US 301 NB, US 501 NB: 1 - 12.8
I-95 (exit 193): 1.1 - 13.9
SC 9 WB: 3.3 - 17.2
NC STATE LINE: 9.3 - 26.5
Creation: Appeared around 1930 as new routing. Ran from SC 175 (current SC 41-41 ALT south split) Centenary northeast to Mullins, then northwest to end at SC 9 Dillon, a distance of 34 miles.
Adjustments: In 1951 or 1952, SC 57 was altered to today's routing. Fork to Centenay became part of SC 41. Dillon to Little Rock was a SC 9 multiplex, while Little Rock to NC was a renumbering of SC 95.
Improvements: The first piece of SC 57 to be paved was from US 501 to Mullins, in 1933.
The remainder of SC 57 was paved in 1937 or 1938.
SC 57 is multilane from Dillon to I-95, by 1974.
Comment: SC 57 is the only SC Primary route remaining that becomes a secondary route at the North Carolina border.
SC 58
From: US 301US 378 Turbeville (Clarendon County
To: SC 341 S. Lynchburg (Hampton County).
Total Length: 12.6 miles  
ROUTE LOG
US 301, US 378: 0 - 0
Sumter-Clarendon Line: 2.2 - 2.2
SC 53 EB: 4 - 6.2
I-95 (exit 141): 0.1 - 6.3
SC 53 WB: 0.3 - 6.6
Lee-Sumter Line: 2.8 - 9.4
SC 341: 3.2 - 12.6
Creation: Resurrected as a state route in 1949, running as it does today. This is the 2nd SC 58.
Adjustments: SC 58 initially appeared in 1940 running as it does now.
SC 58 was briefly downgraded to secondary status in 1948 before emerging again in 1949.
SC 58 was rerouted at SC 53 to accommodate I-95 passing very near by in 1968 or 1969. This gave a short multiplex with SC 53 through the interchange.
Improvements: Paved upon resurrection in 1949.
There are no mulitlane segments on SC 58.
Comment: SC 58 provides a direct connection from I-95 to Turbeville, although it is not advertised this way.
Previous SC 58's: SC 58 #1: Created about 1930. Ran as a 3-mile jaunt from SC 59-163 (current SC 49-274-557 jct) north to North Carolina.
In 1937, SC 58 was renumbered as SC 274 to match NC 274.
SC 59
From: I-85 Fair Play (Oconee County
To: US 76US 123SC 28 Seneca (Oconee County).
Total Length: 15 miles  
ROUTE LOG
I-85 (exit 2): 0 - 0
SC 182, SC 243: 0.9 - 0.9
SC 24 WB: 6.2 - 7.1
SC 24 EB: 0.3 - 7.4
SC 130: 6.2 - 13.6
US 76, US 123, SC 28: 1.4 - 15
Creation: Appeared in 1942 as a renumbering of SC 181 and a replacement of a piece of today's SC 182. Ran from US 76-SC 13/28 Seneca south to Fair PLay, then west into Georgia, continuing as GA 59. This is the 2nd SC 58.
Adjustments: SC 59 south was truncated to I-85 in 1962 or 1963, leaving behind S-37-11.
SC 59 was extended northwest to the Seneca Bypass in 2000, replacing part of US 76-123 SC 28 Business routes.
Improvements: Paved from Seneca to Fair Play upon designation.
Fair Play to Georgia was paved by 1948.
The piece of SC 59 from Seneca out to the bypass was multilaned when designated SC 59.
Comment: SC 59 provides access to Seneca and Clemson (via S-37-488) from I-85 NB.
Previous SC 59's: SC 59 #1: Created about 1930. Ran from SC 55 to SC 58-163 (current SC 49-274-557 jct)
When the number 59 was moved to Oconee County in 1942, SC 59 was renumbered as SC 557.

Last Update: 6 December 2005

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