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5:48 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Bison Fossils from the Mid-South

Bison Antiquus
Credit WikiMedia Commons

Bison roamed the Mid-South for thousands of years, and their remains can be found in sand and gravel bars throughout our region. 

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Memphis Moments
5:51 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

The Murder Of Colonel Thomas Dickins

The Grave Marker for Col. Thomas Dickins, Located Near the Statue at Wade Bolton's Grave

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."

The assassin had ambushed the victim and fired both barrels of a shotgun into Col. Dickins' body from close range. 

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Memphis Moments
5:50 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Ernst von Hesse-Wartegg

"Placer Mining for Minerals" - Illustration originally published in Ernst von Hesse-Wartegg's "Nord Amerika," Swedish Edition published in 1880.

Ernst von Hesse-Wartegg, an Austro-German traveler, visited Memphis a few months after the 1878 Yellow Fever epidemic.

He described his mixed reactions to the city in his memoir Travels on the Lower Mississippi.

He wrote, “After traveling to the four corners of the world, I cannot remember impressions anywhere as disagreeable as those upon entering this Memphis.

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Memphis Moments
5:45 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Bison Fossils In The Mid-South

Bison Antiquus Skeleton

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. These ancestors of modern bison stood almost seven feet tall at the shoulder, and weighed around 2,000 pounds. 

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Memphis Moments
5:49 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

James Winchester

James Winchester

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.

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.

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