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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: throughout the years to present, 2010

By Elaine Boothe as interviewed by Alayna

The person who I interviewed was my grandma, Elaine Boothe.  She mostly told me about a lot of good memories.  The whole family would go down there (to Columbia) when her parents from Pittsburg would come and visit.  “We would go and just have a good time.  We would ride on the stage coach and eat some really good food like the homemade pretzels.”  She thinks Columbia is a fun way to learn about history and a fun way to have fun with your family.  My grandma told me she has had a lot of good memories of Columbia.

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