City of Columbia and local partners launch expansion of Sally Salamander walking tour
Dec 04, 2018

COLUMBIA, S.C. (December 4, 2018) –  The City of Columbia Office of the Mayor, in partnership with Heathwood Hall Episcopal School and Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corporation, will launch an expanded version of the Sally Salamander walking tour from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Dec. 8 at the Soda City market on Main Street. 

“The Sally Salamander walking tour is one of our city’s quieter thrills, so we’re excited to increase the number of sites and encourage residents and visitors to navigate the tour,” said Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin. “The new and old sites have historical and cultural significance in our city, and I look forward to seeing residents young and old participate in it.”

Originally launched by the Leadership Columbia Class of 2009, the Sally Salamander walking tour highlights businesses, architectural landmarks, historical attractions, art and culture in downtown Columbia by featuring numbered bronze statues of South Carolina’s state amphibian, the spotted salamander. Participants follow the salamanders to learn more about places to see and things to do in downtown Columbia.

The expansion of the Sally Salamander walking tour, which now guides explorers to 20 sites in downtown Columbia, was done in partnership with students, faculty and the Upper School Head from Heathwood Hall Episcopal School. The State and Local Government and Urban Planning classes at Heathwood Hall researched and selected the new sites, created an app, designed a brochure and commissioned the creation of a children’s book to accompany the tour.

Funding for the expansion was provided by the City of Columbia and Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corporation. 

The Dec. 8 launch of the Sally Salamander expansion will feature a tent at Soda City where Heathwood Hall students and City of Columbia representatives are present to share information about the tour and assist explorers with its navigation. The first 50 people who post pictures of themselves on Facebook or Twitter at three of the new Sally Salamander walking tour sites will receive a free Sally Salamander T-shirt.

For information, contact Lauren Harper at [email protected]