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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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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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History Lesson: The growth of Nationwide Children’s Hospital

Doug Motz Doug Motz History Lesson: The growth of Nationwide Children’s Hospital

On Sunday June 10th, Nationwide Children’s Hospital will host a community-wide celebration and will officially open the new wing on June 20! According to U.S. News and World Report (with data obtained from the American Hospital Association as recently as April 2012) Nationwide Children’s Hospital is ranked nationally in 10 pediatric specialties and is a […]

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History Lesson: A Royal Wedding in Columbus

Doug Motz Doug Motz History Lesson: A Royal Wedding in Columbus

On May 16, 1871 Amelia May Parsons – daughter of wealthy Columbus State legislator George McClellan Parsons, married Prince Ernst Manderup Alexander zu Lynar of Prussia. This is one of Columbus’ best documented weddings royal or other-wise and there is a wealth of information to share from a variety of sources that has been mined […]

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The Columbus Coffee Festival Returns!

The 6th Annual Columbus Coffee Festival returns on Saturday September 25th and Sunday September 26th!

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