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100 years ago – the Jefferson Hotel

Columbians, attired in “smart evening dress”, celebrated the opening of the Jefferson Hotel on May 13, 1913. The city was anticipating a thoroughly modern hotel from the rathskellar in the... More 
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Thanks to WWII Columbia produced its first paper driver's license in 1945. Brass tags, like the one pictured, were issued prior to paper. During the war metal was in short supply and the South... More 
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Columbia Firsts

On June 23, 1926 the Jefferson Hotel hosted a grand Southern Bell Telephone Company affair honoring Columbia's original telephone subscribers. The 1880 subscribers were mostly deceased but family... More 
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Columbia Firsts

Columbia city officals anxiously tested the first new "mechanical signal" on Monday, November 6, 1922. The new device was located at the intersection of Gervais and Sumter. Officials announced... More 
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The First Columbia Carillon

Officer Pruitt declared that “100,000 persons jammed the sidewalks and edges of the parade route” during Columbia’s first Carillon Christmas parade. Since the population of Columbia in 1950 was... More 
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