Columbia in 1970

The Anecdotal History of Columbia

The Anecdotal History of Columbia

As a class project, the students of Mrs. Øydegaard's Hands-on History elective at a local elementary school, gathered a plethora of tales representing each decade of 20th century Columbia State Historic Park history. Columbia, known since the early gold rush years, as the "Gem of the Southern Mines," has been a town since 1850 and a state historic park since 1945. Thousands of school children and other visitors come each year to experience a real gold rush town and, as you can learn from the Columbia Memories recorded here, they keep coming back for a myriad of good reasons.

A memory might not make it into the history book, lacking factual backing, but even so, it ought to have a place to be recorded and shared. Many a memory that seemed too fanciful to be true has been validated by some late-coming evidence. On the other hand, and probably more often, stories are related as fact, when they ought to be retold as “just stories,” lacking significant reality and truth (an “art form” the movie-making industry has perfected).

Here we share our Columbia memories, whether laden with fact or fiction, as well as give readers a chance to compare, validate, or provide the missing factual information making this blog an educational exchange as well as a place to tell our cherished tales of Columbia.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Date: 1962 & 1994

From Bill and Carolyn Prindle (in 2010):
Columbia is a very special place for us because we came to Columbia in 1962 on our wedding day. So we started our life together here and now, after 48 years, we are living here. We did not come back till 1994 when we started dressing for the Forth of July and Easter in our period costumes. We enjoy seeing people and talking to them. Then we signed up and became docents and enjoyed talking to people telling them the history of Columbia. Every time we talk to people and tell the history, their eyes light up. We also have made many good friends of some of vendors in town, local people, and docents all of which are also special to us.  So as you can see, Columbia is a special place to us.

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