When working on my weekly Dispatch column, I often rely on period newspapers for primary source information. That creates a real problem for me, as I almost always get sidetracked.
The first Anglo-American settlement in northeast Mississippi occurred at Cotton Gin Port on the Tombigbee (near present day Amory) in 1801. Following that settlement, John Pitchlynn established his residence at Plymouth Bluff, four miles north of present-day downtown Columbus in 1810.
On Thursday, Mitchell Memorial Library at Mississippi State University celebrated the grand opening of the Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library and Frank and Virginia Williams Collection of Lincolniana.
The Vienna was a 176 ton, 155-by-26-by-4.5 feet stern-wheeler built in 1898.
With Thanksgiving approaching, preschools and elementary schools always have their Thanksgiving programs.
It was 200 years ago, probably in October or November 1817, that the first house within the original town limits of Columbus was built.
Sometimes being away from home reminds you of home in a very poignant way.
In 1917 Jullian Street wrote an article about Columbus for Collier's Weekly Magazine. Street and a Collier's artist were visiting cities and towns across the country for a series called "American Adventures."
The recent completion of the restoration of Columbus City Hall has brought to mind the fascinating stories of earlier buildings that served as city hall.
The heritage of the Air Force in the Golden Triangle runs deep.
As Hurricane Irma tracked across the Caribbean last week, we got frequent updates of where it was and where landfall might be.
One of the earliest styles of architecture in the south and the style of the some of the oldest surviving houses in Columbus is the raised cottage.
I grew up claiming the Black Prairie as home. Named after its rich black or charcoal colored soil the Black Prairie stretches in a crescent shape from northeast Mississippi to south west Alabama.
Lately I have been asked about some of the old church buildings of Columbus that have been lost to so-called progress.
The past few days have been fun, informative and poignant for me.
Apparently there is confusion over the year in which Columbus should celebrate its bicentennial.
Offset streets and city blocks across South Side and along Military Road and Waterworks on North Side show the footprints of Columbus' earliest days.
My grandchildren Harper and Sykes are visiting from Virginia and wanted to go hunting, dinosaur and shark hunting.
In history books we read the big picture of important events, but all too often the details and working personalities behind those events are overlooked.
Last week, I ventured south to spend a day at Episcopal Camp Bratton-Green, 9 miles north of Canton, at Way.
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