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Ask Rufus: Down the Tombigbee

Posted 5/28/2016 in Local Columns

The three of us had started school together at Demonstration School more years ago than we would care to admit. This was a journey we had always wanted to make.

 

Ask Rufus: Huck Finn meets Kubla Khan

Posted 5/7/2016 in Local Columns

Ask Rufus: Earthquakes, volcanoes and fossils

Posted 4/30/2016 in Local Columns

A couple of days ago I was trying to decide what to write about in today's column when I received an email from Peter Imes asking if I had seen the new book on the Geology of Mississippi.

 

Ask Rufus: De Soto's cross

Posted 4/23/2016 in Local Columns

I have written several times about the expedition of Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto's travels through our area 475 years ago and his encounters with the Chickasaws and other Indian nations.

 

Ask Rufus: Of turkeys and history

Posted 4/17/2016 in Local Columns

We are now in the midst of turkey hunting season.

 

Ask Rufus: The mint juleps of Columbus

Posted 4/9/2016 in Local Columns

Spring has arrived in all its floral glory and it is time to again ponder that traditional Southern libation, the Mint Julep.

 

Ask Rufus: A walk through history

Posted 3/26/2016 in Local Columns

The South Side Historic District in Columbus is a real gem. It provides a place where in a less than an hour walk you are carried through almost 200 years of architectural history.

 

Ask Rufus: There must have been something in the water

Posted 3/19/2016 in Local Columns

Along the east-facing crest of Pleasant Ridge and the 800 block of Sixth Avenue North in Columbus is one unbelievable neighborhood.

 

Ask Rufus: The POWs of Camp Aliceville

Posted 3/12/2016 in Local Columns

It must have been an amazing sight to behold on the day during World War II when columns of German soldiers -- including members of Field Marshal Erwin Rommel's famed Africa Corps -- marched through Aliceville, Alabama.

 

Ask Rufus: Ancient bones and an old museum

Posted 3/5/2016 in Local Columns

A couple of weeks ago I did a column on a bull shark being caught in the Tombigbee River in Alabama. In the column I mentioned fossil sharks teeth that are commonly found in the Upper Tombigbee River Valley.

 

Ask Rufus: Fact or fiction? The Bride of the Eliza Battle

Posted 2/27/2016 in Local Columns

The first of March and unsettled weather always brings to my mind the horrific story of the Eliza Battle.

 

Ask Rufus: Riverwalk offers a walk through history

Posted 2/20/2016 in Local Columns

As the weather warms and spring approaches, traffic on the Riverwalk picks up. Recently I have been walking there, not only enjoying the touch of natural beauty at the edge of downtown, but seeing old friends and making new ones. It is a place where almost everyone speaks as they pass, and, too, it is a place steeped in history.

 

Ask Rufus: Old Pickensville

Posted 2/13/2016 in Columbus & Lowndes County

One of the oldest towns along the Upper Tombigbee River is the little, though once not so small, community of Pickensville, Alabama.

 

Ask Rufus: The toughest and the greatest

Posted 2/6/2016 in Local Columns

With all the coverage of last week's college signing day, the discussion of whether LSU can unseat Alabama in the SEC West next year, what Hugh Freeze will do to top this past year, and of course today's Super Bowl, thoughts turn to great football teams.

 

Ask Rufus: Celebrating forgotten heroes

Posted 1/30/2016 in Local Columns

February is Black History Month and is a great time to review the little told but very important role of blacks in the exploration and settlement of the Tombigbee River Valley.

 

Ask Rufus: Tombigbee sharks and Mississippi volcanoes

Posted 1/23/2016 in Local Columns

Last week I saw an article about finding a shark on the Tombigbee River in Alabama.

 

Ask Rufus: Horses and Earthquakes

Posted 1/16/2016 in Local Columns

Horses and earthquakes may seem like an unusual mix of topics for a column that is generally about history and it is.

 

Ask Rufus: It's just politics

Posted 1/9/2016 in Local Columns

Last week the Mississippi legislature convened for its annual session. My friend -- Representative Jeff Smith -- was there for the opening gavel.

 

Ask Rufus: A postcard story

Posted 1/2/2016 in Local Columns

Probably the most common postcard of a steamboat on the Tombigbee River is a view of the Steamer Ouachita.

 

Ask Rufus: Floods and high water

Posted 12/26/2015 in Local Columns

The flooding caused by the recent storms brings to mind high water of past times.

 

 

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