Pink Palace en Bison Fossils from the Mid-South <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Bison roamed the Mid-South for thousands of years, and their remains can be found in sand and gravel bars throughout our region.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 23:48:00 +0000 Steve Pike 44015 at Bison Fossils from the Mid-South The Murder Of Colonel Thomas Dickins <p>In August of 1870, the brutal murder of Colonel Thomas Dickins was reported in the Memphis Avalanche. According to the article, Col. Dickins, returning to his farm near Raleigh, "was way-laid by some fiend, and his life destroyed, in daylight, on a public road."</p><p>The assassin had ambushed the victim and fired both barrels of a shotgun into&nbsp;Col. Dickins' body from close range.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 07 May 2013 22:51:00 +0000 Steve Pike 30554 at The Murder Of Colonel Thomas Dickins Ernst von Hesse-Wartegg <p>Ernst von Hesse-Wartegg, an Austro-German traveler, visited Memphis a few months after the 1878 Yellow Fever epidemic.</p><p>He described his mixed reactions to the city in his memoir <em>Travels on the Lower Mississippi</em>.</p><p>He wrote, “After traveling to the four corners of the world, I cannot remember impressions anywhere as disagreeable as those upon entering this Memphis.</p> Tue, 09 Apr 2013 22:50:00 +0000 Steve Pike 29233 at Ernst von Hesse-Wartegg Bison Fossils In The Mid-South <p>From Richardson’s Landing, TN, to Greenville, MS, the sand and gravel bars of the Mississippi River cut through old sediments in the riverbed and along its banks, exposing fossil remains of ancient bison that roamed the Mid-South at least 10,000 years ago.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">These ancestors of modern bison stood almost seven feet tall at the shoulder, and weighed around 2,000 pounds.&nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 15 Mar 2013 22:45:35 +0000 Steve Pike & Justin Willingham 28158 at Bison Fossils In The Mid-South James Winchester <p>James Winchester, one of the founders of Memphis, was born in Maryland in 1752. He served under George Washington in the American Revolution, endured capture by the British, and moved to Middle Tennessee after his release.</p><p>By 1785, Winchester had build a fortified home in this still untamed wilderness, survived Indian attacks, which killed his brother and several friends, and started a family with his young wife, Susan.</p> Tue, 26 Feb 2013 23:49:35 +0000 Steve Pike 27315 at James Winchester