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The yellow school buses are once again transporting students to and from school. Neighborhood schools played a huge role in the development of Columbus and the area. These historic schools were the center and fabric of the emerging and growing city of Columbus.                                                                                                                                   DSCN0772

In 1930, the city of Columbus built the St. Elmo School designed in the English Vernacular Revival style at a cost of $40,000.  The principal and six teachers welcomed 200 students to the neighborhood school for grades kindergarten through seventh grade. Due to the school, the neighborhood has remained a viable part of the Columbus community. Unfortunately, in the Spring of 1990, St. Elmo closed as a neighborhood school. It has been a center for several endeavors since that time including the St. Elmo Center-Programs for Gifted. Across the street stands “Columbus’ first true shopping center.” The St. Elmo Shopping Center, completed in 1939 in an English Village Style, initially consisted of three storefronts.                                                                                                                                          The wonderful and historical markers placed around the perimeter of Lakebottom Park in the center of MidTown give invaluable information about the history of the area including the neighborhood schools, homes, the lake that was on the property that is now Lakebottom Park, and others.  Take a walk around the Park and stop and take a look at these signs – a great way to learn about our fair city and the founding fathers who made it a special place to call home.

About Ruthie Curtis

About Ruthie I am a real estate agent in Columbus, GA and love my “job.” I enjoy being associated with the professionals at Bickerstaff Parham Real Estate and the folks that I come in contact with each and every day. I basically just love houses and all that is associated with them. It is so rewarding to help buyers and sellers reach their goals and to be a part of the process that makes it happen. I especially love gardens and how they can work to improve a property both in aesthetics and function. As a Master Gardener, I feel that I can add another dimension to the home buying and selling process. Partnered with my love of creatively doing the “what if we” changes to houses and my attention to detail, I can offer my clients a well-rounded approach to meeting their real estate needs while having some fun along the way. I have lived in Columbus for the past 25 years and have been actively involved in the community. My involvements include being the 1996 Race Director for the Steeplechase at Callaway Gardens; a past board member of Girls,Inc and the Columbus Regional Tennis Association (CORTA); a board member of the State Botanical Garden of Georgia, the Columbus Botanical Garden, the Chattahoochee Valley Camellia Society, and is a member of the Women’s Reading Club of Columbus and the Overdue Book Club. I am a member of St. Luke United Methodist Church where I serve on the Altar (10) I am a UGA Bulldawg – having grown up in Athens and attended the University of Georgia where I received a BA degree in Advertising. I have two daughters, two great son-in-laws, five grandchildren and a Jack Russell Terrier named Jasper. I live in the historic Overlook area in Columbus where I recently purchased an older home and enjoyed the experience of putting my creative knowledge and skills to work!
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