Mount Pleasant Magazine July/August 2023

28 www. ReadMPM. com | www.MountPl easantMagaz i ne. com | www. ShemCreekRes taurant s . com BY MARY COY Down On Main Street A historic stroll down Coleman Boulevard THE HISTORY OF COLEMAN BOULEVARD 1929 – Highway 17 rerouted and John P. Grace Bridge (Cooper River Bridge) opened 1945 – Pitt Street Bridge closed and Ben Sawyer Boulevard and Ben Sawyer Bridge opened 1946 – First drive-in movie theater opened at junction of Coleman Boulevard and Ben Sawyer Boulevard 1954 – Channel 2 television studio opened 1958 – Stretch of Highway 17 renamed Coleman Boulevard Co l eman Bou l evard i s Mount Pl easant ’s ma i n s t reet and home to more l oca l l y- owned bus i nes ses than any other s t reet i n town .