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Mystery photo, Columbia, in days of Rialto Theatre, Russell & Co.

2016-12-14 - 100 Block, Public Square, Columbia, KY - Photo from the collection of Vonnie Kolbenschlag.
Can anybody help put this favorite old photo in perspective? It happened on the public square in Columbia, KY, in front of what may have been Motor & Electric, then, now Mackie's Photo-Video. The Rialto Theatre can be seen in the background as well as part of the store front at Russell & Co. Department Store. The Bank of Columbia building had not been remodeled. Does anyone know the occasion of the event? The riders? The kid in the overalls? The little boy on the right in the background? The man under the "R" in Rialto? If you do, use the Comments link with this picture and send your information. This is, obviously, an important part of Columbia history. - EW
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