Beaver Creek in Kershaw County, seen below, is not to be confused with the fork of the Edisto River called Beaver Creek, which is associated with the Pee Dee Indian Nation of Beaver Creek in Orangeburg County. Beaver Creek in Kershaw County drains into Lake Wateree. It is the site where Presbyterian settlers made their home in 1771 before relocating to a stagecoach intersection in present-day Lancaster County. The church they founded, Beaver Creek Presbyterian, still stands at that intersection and remains active today. The congregation’s first cemetery along Beaver Creek is still extant.
The bridge crossing Beaver Creek in the above image is the Senior Trooper Michael J. Rao Bridge. The bridge was named in honor of the late Senior Trooper in 2003. Rao was killed the year before when he was hit by a pickup truck while assisting a motorist. A veteran of the United States Navy, Rao began his career with the South Carolina Highway Patrol in 1998 in Kershaw County.