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Walking Downtown Columbia, KY: N High to High on Lindsey Hill



2013-06-08 - From 107 N. High Street, Columbia, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener. There's always more to see, more happening on a walk on nearby streets in Downtown Columbia, KY than anywhere I know. At least a cellphone or pocket camera is essential -maybe a notepad. But, for the most part, a rucksack, unless one plans a picnic in the nearby cemetery, isn't. I was on business on this walk, seeing what was going on at the wonderful little - not so little now - Haven Mission, where Pastor Jim Williams and congregation have a huge stack of brick in the parking lot. Those, he said, will be used to finish the exterior of the church. There are always eyestopping moments, when that have be joined to digital history, as this one was for me - perfect except for the utility line clutter - from 107 N. High to Arbor Vitae Hill as it was called when Lindsey Wilson College was establish, and as it is commonly known by Jim's fans and readers. Significant features of this scene is the flag at the Columbia/Adair County Fire Department, the spire at Columbia Christian Church with the the signature Pine Tree on the A.P. White Campus, and the Lindsey Wilson Water tower onion - for which a grant money, if accepted by the the CAUD utility board is available for repainting and refurbishing. Lower down the photo, the flags at the Adair County Justice Center, and a window of the one-time Katie Murrell Library, from which decades ago Lindsey Wilson commuting students used to watch the traffic flow in Downtown Columbia, recognizing a majority of the vehicles in the scene, much as they could sit on the Square at 10pm and listen and know which hot car was negotiating the curves on KY 206. And the concrete wall in the right - it's bare and a bit controversial, but I enjoy it as part of the evolution of downtown Columbia, and it's a reminder of the business next door, Burton Auto Parts, so much a part of our lives that there ought to be a Historical Marker - a real one, with a United We Stand graphic of Elbert Burton and the late Hartzell Hodges on it. - Ed Waggener
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