The neighborhood is now commonly called Burns Bottom but in the past has also been known as Factory Hill and Frog Bottom. It is one of the oldest and most historic neighborhoods in Columbus.
With Passover and Easter approaching the classic movie, "The Ten Commandments," is sure to be shown again. Few people, though, know the Aberdeen, Columbus and Holly Springs tie to the movie.
Last week the snowdrops bloomed. It was almost two weeks earlier than they bloomed last year.
As I write this column on the last Saturday in February with a weather watch for severe storms approaching, I cannot help but think of the Tombigbee steamboat the Eliza Battle.
Payne Field, four miles north of West Point near the community of White's Station, is a little-known, but very historic air field that has been called Mississippi's first airport
Fat Tuesday is fast approaching with the end of carnival season and Mardi Gras.
I have a problem with February being Black History Month. The role of blacks in the exploration and settlement of the Tombigbee River Valley is so important and so significant it should be celebrated every month.
On Tuesday afternoon, March 18, 1919, Columbus burned.
Sometimes stories just fall together and need to be written. I recently bought an 1889 Wheeling, West Virginia newspaper with a front-page story about train robbers holding up a Mobile and Ohio Railroad train at Buckatunna.
After having decided to end my column in protest to possible legislation that could kill the Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau and cripple tourism in Columbus, I have had to reconsider.
Shipwrecks are never a pretty sight.
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.
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