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Ask Rufus: The Legacy of Black Prairie Blues

Posted 8/30/2014 in Local Columns

Blues is a great unifier. A week ago there was a horrible incident in West Point that threatened to create divisions within the community. However, on Friday night in West Point, blues brought people of all sizes, shapes and colors, from all over the United States and even several foreign countries together.

 

Ask Rufus: The early Federal houses of Columbus

Posted 8/23/2014 in Local Columns

During the first years of Columbus' growth and expansion, some early settlers tried to bring a little of the refinement of the east coast to the new town.

 

Ask Rufus: Green corn and dancing under a full moon

Posted 8/16/2014 in Local Columns

Last week there was a spectacular full moon. The news media called it a super moon. While its size and the earth's being at its closest point to the moon might justify the name, it actually was the Green Corn Moon.

 

Ask Rufus: The raised-cottages of Columbus, a cultural intersection

Posted 8/9/2014 in Local Columns

In examining the historic architecture of Columbus, the earliest houses other than log houses are the vernacular raised-cottage and the late Federal style.

 

Ask Rufus: De Soto's footprints

Posted 8/3/2014 in Local Columns

It's been almost 474 years since Hernando de Soto dined on barbecue pork in the Black Prairie just west of the Tombigbee River.

 

Ask Rufus: Columbus' early log houses

Posted 7/26/2014 in Local Columns

As might be expected, the earliest houses constructed in the upper Tombigbee River Valley were constructed mostly of log. The term "log cabin," though, is not a very good description of many of the log structures that were built.

 

Ask Rufus: The irrepressible Uncle Bunky

Posted 7/19/2014 in Local Columns

Last week my granddaughter who lives in Virginia visited Columbus. While here I took her to experience those delightful "crazy animals" from the hand of Robert Williams, the pioneering icon of children's television known far and wide as Uncle Bunky.

 

Ask Rufus: A mixing of cultures

Posted 7/12/2014 in Local Columns

The site where Columbus now sits has for hundreds of years been a cultural crossroads.

 

Ask Rufus: Gardens of 'Youth and Old Age'

Posted 6/28/2014 in Local Columns

Gardens around the South are filled each summer with beautiful multicolored zinnias.

 

Ask Rufus: Did the buffalo roam?

Posted 6/23/2014 in Local Columns

I have often been asked, "If the Black Prairie really is a prairie, were there once buffalo around here?"

 

Ask Rufus: The stories houses tell

Posted 6/14/2014 in Columns

Last week Karen and I attended the annual meeting of the Mississippi Heritage Trust in Tupelo. Our house, the Ole Homestead, received the 2014 Trudy Allen Award for residential restoration in Mississippi.

 

Ask Rufus: A simple framed Silver Star

Posted 6/7/2014 in Local Columns

Friday was the 70th anniversary of D-Day. It's a day when I always think of my Uncle Orman Kimbrough.

 

Ask Rufus: Nashville

Posted 5/31/2014 in Local Columns

A question arose last week about Nashville. Not Nashville, Tennessee, but Nashville, Lowndes County, Mississippi.

 

Ask Rufus: Memorial Day

Posted 5/24/2014 in Local Columns

Much has been written about, and many towns have claimed to be, the birthplace pf Memorial Day. The U.S. Veteran's Administration reports that more than 24 towns claim to be the birthplace of this weekend's celebration.

 

Ask Rufus: The South as pictured 400 years ago

Posted 5/17/2014 in Local Columns

A common question I am asked is, "What did this country look like when only the Indians lived here?" Usually I answer simply, "it was beautiful."

 

Ask Rufus: Moundville, Columbus and C.B. Moore

Posted 5/10/2014 in Local Columns

This weekend the Moundville Archaeological Park, located about 10 miles south of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, celebrated its 75th anniversary.

 

Ask Rufus: Flowers, poetry and early explorers

Posted 4/26/2014 in Local Columns

Last week the primroses blossomed along Highway 82. I say primroses but I always called them buttercups as a child because if you smelled them your nose would become covered in yellow pollen.

 

Ask Rufus: No sidewalk, no mail

Posted 4/19/2014 in Local Columns

From its founding, the United States has provided for mail delivery across the country.

 

Ask Rufus: They called Columbus home

Posted 4/12/2014 in Local Columns

The past two weeks I have been helping with the Columbus Pilgrimage. I had not intended on doing so, but Nancy Carpenter of the Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau called and said they were short-handed and could I help with tour groups. Before I realized it, I was telling stories about Columbus to multiple tour groups on the double-decker bus.

 

Ask Rufus: Was it America's first pro ball team?

Posted 4/5/2014 in Local Columns

This is a ballgame weekend. Professional baseball has just cranked up, basketball's Final Four started Saturday and college baseball is in full swing. But long forgotten is the story of how what may have been America's first professional ball team assemble at Columbus in 1829.

 

 

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