Our City Online

Articles by Doug Motz

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 […]

6 Comments

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 […]

4 Comments

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 […]

13 Comments

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 […]

No Comments

History Lesson: Chic Harley – the unsung hero of Columbus who had a hand in shaping OSU football

Doug Motz Doug Motz History Lesson: Chic Harley – the unsung hero of Columbus who had a hand in shaping OSU football

A great deal of this current History Lesson can be attributed to my friend Jim Flynn. He sent me an e-mail on September 12 that in part reads: Please do a piece on Columbus Underground that focuses on specifically Olde Towne East. The WOSU documentary airs on 11/12 – A piece on Olde Towne East […]

8 Comments

History Lesson: The history of Columbus’ most famed ‘lost’ restaurant – The Kahiki

Doug Motz Doug Motz History Lesson: The history of Columbus’ most famed ‘lost’ restaurant – The Kahiki

Many restaurants that have their roots in Columbus have made significant contributions to American culture. Marzetti’s salad dressing is the offshoot of a popular downtown eatery that was known for – you guessed it – salad dressing. Bob Evans began right here in town and is still operating from South High Street. Cries of “Where’s […]

33 Comments

History Lesson: A Columbus Olympian’s affair ends in murder

Doug Motz Doug Motz History Lesson: A Columbus Olympian’s affair ends in murder

With the Olympics now over and OSU about to begin Fall Semester, I think it is finally time to write about Columbus’ most infamous murder that bridges both. She was Miss Theora Hix, a young OSU co-ed with a bright future that was taken from her on June 13, 1929. He was Dr. James H […]

4 Comments

Subscribe to the Columbus Underground YouTube channel for exclusive interviews and news updates!

CLICK HERE TO SUBSCRIBE