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Views of Augusta: Lake, 'casino' hot attractions in heyday

When the 1900s were new, Augustans took their leisure at Lake Olmstead They came by trolley. They came by buggy. They came by bicycle.
By Bill Kirby | Saturday, April 9, 2016

Views of Augusta: Bon Air Hotel once drew wealthy golf tourists

The Bon Air, once Augusta's premier hotel, was long a symbol of tourism, hospitality and golf.
By Bill Kirby | Thursday, April 7, 2016

Views of Augusta: Meadow Garden has curious history

Meadow Garden, considered the oldest house still standing in Augusta has one of the city's best legacies. Make no mistake, it is old.
By Bill Kirby | Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Views of Augusta: Street featured broad array of stores

Before malls and strip centers and online computer commerce, most people came to town to do their shopping.
By Bill Kirby | Monday, April 4, 2016

Views of Augusta: The Arsenal

A federal arsenal built near the Savannah River in the 1800s was plagued with problems. Then it moved to The Hill.
By Bill Kirby | Monday, April 4, 2016

Views of Augusta: Old courthouse marked 130 years

This old courthouse is gone. For almost 130 years, however, it sat in the middle of the 500 block of Greene Street as the seat of government and courts for Augusta and ...
By Bill Kirby | Sunday, April 3, 2016

Views of Augusta: Shake Rag, Cow Town and elsewhere

Old Augusta neighborhoods had nicknames, some not so nice. For instance, if you lived before the Second World War, you probably knew where Dublin was, and Shake Rag, and The Island and Cow Town.
By Bill Kirby | Saturday, April 2, 2016

Blame for Augusta's 1916 fire shared

A century after Augusta's Great Fire of 1916, we know many things, but still have one mystery.
By Bill Kirby | Sunday, March 20, 2016

Lock and Dam has long Augusta history

During the 1920s, Augusta lobbied Congress to finance a lock and dam. Locals claimed it would make Augusta a great inland port and boost the city's population to 250,000 by 1950.
By Rob Pavey | Sunday, March 6, 2016

Carrsville community gets historical marker

NORTH AUGUSTA -- On Sunday, in front of around 100 people, the Carrsville community was honored by the state of South Carolina with an official historical marker - the 56th in Aiken County.
By Doug Stutsman | Sunday, Aug 30, 2015

Mystery box unearthed at Magnolia Cemetery

When Louise DeLaigle Reese died, she left one final mystery buried beneath the sexton building at Magnolia Cemetery.
By Charmain Brackett | Thursday, July 30, 2015

Magnolia Cemetery keeps history alive

Magnolia Cemetery represents not only the history of the South, but the nation as a whole. Between the rows of magnolia trees lie heroes and normal folk and some at rest for 200 years.
By Austin Smith | Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Jackson spared 65 years ago from SRS construction

Jackson, a small community in Aiken County, was originally slated as one of a handful of towns that would be demolished or moved to build a plant that manufactured plutonium and tritium to fuel ...
By Meg Mirshak | Friday, Jan. 2, 2015

Why Sherman didn't burn Augusta

For many years after the war, Augustans wondered why Gen. William T. Sherman had ignored Augusta on his famous "March to the Sea."
By Bill Kirby | Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014

Looking back on LBJ visit 50 years ago

Fifty years ago this week, President Lyndon Johnson came to Augusta for a campaign speech and was jeered by the crowd.
By Bill Kirby | Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014

The Way We Were: Older Memories

The intersection of Columbia Road and Louisville Road was called Lucky's Corner after the family who ran the country store and gas station. It was later called Maddox Corner after the new owners. ...
Sunday, Aug 24, 2014

The Way We Were: Columbia Road

A 1975 photo shows a time when both Columbia County and Columbia Road were getting ready to boom.
Sunday, Aug 17, 2014

The Way We Were: The Bell Auditorium

Last week we asked readers to share memories of the Bell Auditorium. Here are a few.
Sunday, Aug 10, 2014

The Way We Were: 1960s Augusta

You can see many landmarks, both old and new, for the 1960s.
Sunday, July 27, 2014

The Way We Were: Remembering Allen Park, Sears

Last week we showed a photo of the Walton Way and 15th Street intersection in the 1960s as the area began to transition into a commercial center. Here is how some of you remembered it and that ...
Sunday, July 20, 2014
 
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