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History Lesson: Happy Columbus Day

Doug Motz Doug Motz History Lesson: Happy Columbus Day

Happy Columbus Day! As the largest city in the United States named after Italian explorer, Christopher Columbus, it should come as no surprise that our city is dotted with statues of him. There is a statue of him on the Statehouse grounds, one at Columbus State Community College, and the largest statue in our city […]

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History Lesson: The Asian Festival

Doug Motz Doug Motz History Lesson: The Asian Festival

It’s that time of year when Columbus is awash in fantastic festivals and fairs! For many, the unofficial kick-off of the season of Comfest, PRIDE Fest, Festival Latino, Jazz & Ribs Fest, Red White & Boom, Greek Festival, Pumpkin Festival & Oktoberfest is upon us – the Asian Festival. Only 19 years old, this celebration […]

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History Lesson: A celebration of Columbus history in stained glass

Doug Motz Doug Motz History Lesson: A celebration of Columbus history in stained glass

At the very first stages of my own interest in the history of Columbus, one of the first things I began to do was to walk more slowly while downtown and to look up. Amazing architectural details began to present themselves to me. Prides of lions in stone such as those that adorn State Auto, […]

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History Lesson: The 100th anniversary of the flood that destroyed Franklinton

Doug Motz Doug Motz History Lesson: The 100th anniversary of the flood that destroyed Franklinton

Today is the 100th anniversary of the worst natural disaster to ever strike Columbus – the Flood of 1913. The rains of March 1913 had been steadily pouring since Easter Sunday, March 23, 1913 and on Tuesday the 25th, the wooden levees that held the Scioto back from the homes and businesses of the West […]

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History Lesson: The 106th Anniversary of the death of James Poindexter

Doug Motz Doug Motz History Lesson: The 106th Anniversary of the death of James Poindexter

Poindexter Village has been in the news a great deal recently. It is one of the nations oldest experiments in public housing and has quite a few stories that can be told. One of those would include East High School alumnus and jazz musician Jimmy Rogers who grew up there. He has played drums for […]

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History Lesson: A tale of two trolley barns

Doug Motz Doug Motz History Lesson: A tale of two trolley barns

Many of the readers of Columbus Underground are incredibly interested in bringing alternative forms of public transportation to Columbus – specifically street cars and light rail. To get a sense of how the trolleys were connected into the very fabric of our daily lives a hundred plus years ago, it may be of interest to […]

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History Lesson: How Lazarus laid the foundation for Black Friday

Doug Motz Doug Motz History Lesson: How Lazarus laid the foundation for Black Friday

Happy Thanksgiving! Governor William Bradford of the Plymouth Colony in New England is reputedly the man who formally gave the U.S. its first Thanksgiving – but would you believe that the post-holiday sales season that starts with “Black Friday” was actually proposed as a legal holiday by the head of a powerful well-known Columbus retailing […]

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