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Ask Rufus: The Passing of the Tombigbee Steamboats

Posted 2/16/2019 in Local Columns

The first steamboat arrived at Columbus in 1823. For almost 100 years they were the principal means of shipping and passenger service along the Upper Tombigbee River.


Ask Rufus: A Forgotten Aviation Milestone

Posted 2/9/2019 in Local Columns

The centennial of an aviation milestone that was connected to our area passed unnoticed 11 days ago. It was the first transcontinental round-trip airplane flight and only the fourth transcontinental flight.


Ask Rufus: The 'Bold Feat' of Simon, a Free Black French Captain

Posted 2/3/2019 in Local Columns

In the 1730s, conflict in Europe between England and France spread to the Tombigbee River Valley between the Choctaw-French alliance and the Chickasaw-English alliance. It was a North American extension of a European conflict with a local twist.


Ask Rufus: Columbus Water/Ways

Posted 1/26/2019 in Local Columns

A Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibit on waterways has opened at the Agnes Zaiontz Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway Transportation Museum on Seventh Street North here in Columbus.


Ask Rufus: Ancient Medicine

Posted 1/19/2019 in Local Columns

The winter edition of American Archaeology has a fascinating article titled "Physical and Spiritual Health." It is about general health care and medical care among Indians in prehistoric and historic period America.


Ask Rufus: A Fire, Post Roads and a Bicentennial

Posted 1/12/2019 in Local Columns

There remains a lot of confusion over when the Columbus Bicentennial should be celebrated. To that we can add, 'Which Columbus is which?'


Ask Rufus: The Iron Men of Sewanee, On the 7th Day They Rested

Posted 1/5/2019 in Local Columns

On Friday the New York Times ran a story: "Long Before Alabama, The South Had Sewanee." According to the article: "The Sewanee Tigers provided a blueprint for Southern college football domination."


Ask Rufus: The Riverwalk, A Pathway Through History

Posted 12/29/2018 in Local Columns

Recently I have been walking along the Riverwalk in Columbus. Anyone who has not walked that delightful pathway has missed an enjoyable merging of beauty, history and good exercise.


Ask Rufus: Christmas Greetings From WCOC

Posted 12/22/2018 in Local Columns

In December 1929, an unusual Christmas card was sent out from Columbus and Meridian.


Ask Rufus: Christmas Traditions?

Posted 12/15/2018 in Local Columns

My column today is a look at some unusual Christmas celebrations in Mississippi during the 1800s and earlier.


Ask Rufus: The Fish Trap

Posted 12/8/2018 in Local Columns

I just took a journey through history, fishing, politics and up the Tombigbee. It all started in the parking lot of the Episcopal Church of the Incarnation in West Point one day last week.


Ask Rufus: The Face in a Photograph

Posted 12/1/2018 in Local Columns

It is a rare and very poignant image. A lady photographed as a slave in Columbus circa 1860.


Ask Rufus: Steamboats and Holiday Fare

Posted 11/24/2018 in Local Columns

Last week was the Thanksgiving holiday and soon Christmas will be upon us.


Ask Rufus: 'An Irreparable Loss'

Posted 11/17/2018 in Local Columns

Reading news accounts last week brought to mind the many landmarks that Columbus has lost. Just during my lifetime, far too many historic and irreplaceable buildings have been destroyed.


Ask Rufus: Columbus in 1837

Posted 11/3/2018 in Local Columns

An interesting description of Columbus and Lowndes County was published in the Columbus Democrat on November 25, 1837.


Ask Rufus: The Foxhole in the Trees

Posted 10/27/2018 in Local Columns

Bradford Freeman lives in Caledonia, but 74 years ago he and the other members of Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 506 Parachute Infantry Regiment (PIR), 101st Airborne Division were part of an operation along the Rhine River to rescue about 300 British soldiers and prisoners of war that had escaped being cut off by Germans at the Arnhem bridge -- the "bridge too far" of the movie by that name.


Ask Rufus: No. 27 and Mrs. Harris' Pumpkin Pie

Posted 10/20/2018 in Local Columns

It is the little twist and turns of history which makes it so interesting to delve into. A week ago I wrote of the search for lost Civil War graves in Columbus' Friendship Cemetery. Surprising as it may seem, that story may be tied to the current fad of pumpkin spice.


Ask Rufus: Looking Underground

Posted 10/13/2018 in Local Columns

This past four days have been both fun and fascinating. Last Wednesday, the project to locate lost Civil War graves of Union soldiers in Columbus' Friendship Cemetery cranked up.


Ask Rufus: The Lost Heroes of Memorial Day

Posted 10/6/2018 in Local Columns

This week a project will commence to try and locate lost graves of Union soldiers who were buried in Friendship Cemetery in Columbus during the Civil War.


Ask Rufus: Spanish Mustangs of the Prairie

Posted 9/22/2018 in Local Columns

Out of the devastation of Hurricane Florence last week came a bit of good news. The wild horse herds of the Carolina barrier islands had weathered the storm in pretty good shape.



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