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Ask Rufus: Documenting early Columbus 1817-1821

Posted 10/28/2017 in Local Columns

It was 200 years ago, probably in October or November 1817, that the first house within the original town limits of Columbus was built.


Ask Rufus: Passing Thoughts of Long Ago

Posted 10/14/2017 in Local Columns

Sometimes being away from home reminds you of home in a very poignant way.


Ask Rufus: Preserving History

Posted 10/8/2017 in Local Columns

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."


Ask Rufus: The City Halls of Columbus

Posted 9/23/2017 in Local Columns

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.


Ask Rufus: A grand Air Force heritage

Posted 9/16/2017 in Local Columns

The heritage of the Air Force in the Golden Triangle runs deep.


Ask Rufus: Lt. Col. Duckworth and the 'Surprise Hurricane' of 1943

Posted 9/9/2017 in Local Columns

As Hurricane Irma tracked across the Caribbean last week, we got frequent updates of where it was and where landfall might be.


Ask Rufus: The legacy of Madam John's Legacy

Posted 9/2/2017 in Local Columns

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.


Ask Rufus: The blues

Posted 8/26/2017 in Local Columns

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.


Ask Rufus: Lost churches of Columbus

Posted 8/19/2017 in Local Columns

Lately I have been asked about some of the old church buildings of Columbus that have been lost to so-called progress.


Ask Rufus: 'What brave noble fellows they were'

Posted 8/12/2017 in Local Columns

The past few days have been fun, informative and poignant for me.


Ask Rufus: The Columbus Bicentennial

Posted 8/5/2017 in Local Columns

Apparently there is confusion over the year in which Columbus should celebrate its bicentennial.


Ask Rufus: Footprints of Columbus' earliest days

Posted 7/29/2017 in Local Columns

Offset streets and city blocks across South Side and along Military Road and Waterworks on North Side show the footprints of Columbus' earliest days.


Ask Rufus: Highway 45 North to the Ocean

Posted 7/22/2017 in Local Columns

My grandchildren Harper and Sykes are visiting from Virginia and wanted to go hunting, dinosaur and shark hunting.


Ask Rufus: The local press

Posted 7/15/2017 in Local Columns

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.


Ask Rufus: Treasures from camp

Posted 7/8/2017 in Local Columns

Last week, I ventured south to spend a day at Episcopal Camp Bratton-Green, 9 miles north of Canton, at Way.


Ask Rufus: A place out of time

Posted 7/1/2017 in Local Columns

Karen and I began our Independence Day weekend traveling to the Delta and visiting a place that time surely has forgotten.


Ask Rufus: Celebrating the Fourth

Posted 6/24/2017 in Local Columns

To celebrate Independence Day, there will be a grand fireworks show at the Stennis Lock and Dam, East Bank, on July 1.


Ask Rufus: A crutch's story

Posted 6/17/2017 in Local Columns

On Friday the Billups-Garth Foundation presented to the S.D. Lee Home a 153-year-old wooden crutch with the owner's name carved across it. It is a grand example of how confusing history can be.


Ask Rufus: Tunnels under Columbus?

Posted 6/10/2017 in Local Columns

Are there really Civil War tunnels under Columbus? That is one of the questions I am most frequently asked, and within the last two weeks, three people have asked me that again.


Ask Rufus: Horace King and the 1842 Tombigbee bridge

Posted 6/3/2017 in Local Columns

I had not decided what to write about this week until I came across an article in a May 10, 1842, Columbus newspaper announcing that construction was about to start on a bridge across the Tombigbee River at Columbus.



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