Timeline of the history of Columbia and Boone County. Something missing? Let me know at dobrien387 at gmail.com. 

A list of the news coverage about the history of Columbia Missouri is here

A list of news coverage about Black history coverage is here.

  • 1818 — Smithton is founded when 34 speculators buy 2,720 acres of land in what they hope will become a new county to be created out of Howard County. The town is named for the Franklin Land Office’s registrar, Gen. Thomas A. Smith. See this pamphlet outlining the founding of Columbia for more information. 2018_11_11 Smithton brochure
  • 1821 — The town is moved to an area near the Flat Branch and renamed Columbia. See this pamphlet outlining the founding of Columbia for more information. 2018_11_11 Smithton brochure.
  • 1867 — Women first admitted to the University of Missouri. Source: MUArchives.
  • 1890 – POPULATION 4,000
  • 1893  LIGHTS AND WATER: Per U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, NRHP Multiple Property Documentation form, signed Jan. 21, 2004: “Although efforts to establish a municipal water and light plant had begun in 1890, legal challenges held up the process* and it was finally private investors who supplied the much needed services. A dam and plant were constructed on Hinkson Creek east of the downtown area, and on July 13,1893, electric lights brightened downtown Columbia streets for the first time. The same plant provided a consistent water supply, greatly reducing the threat of disastrous fires.”
  • 1898 — George Bush or Burke is lynched from the window of the county courthouse, per this information on the CoMo200.com website.
  • 1900 – POPULATION 5,651, up 41.3 percent from 1890
  • 1910 – POPULATION 9,662, up 71 percent from 1900
  • 1920 – POPULATION 10,392, up 8 percent from 1910
  • 1923 — James T. Scott is lynched on April 20, 1923 from Stewart’s bridge at the corner of Stewart and Providence roads. For more information on this lynching, see the entry on the CoMo200.com website. Note, the Missouri State Historical Society has a collection of information on a 2010/2011 James T. Scott Monument Committee, which raised publicity and funds to mark Mr. Scott’s grave.
  • March 9, 1927 — W.J. Hetzler elected mayor of Columbia, per this clipping from the March 9 1927 Columbia Daily Tribune, page 1, col. 8.
  • Oct. 4, 1927 –Death of  J.W. “Blind” Boone on Oct. 4, 1927. John William Boone was born May 17, 1864. He was an African-American classical and ragtime composer and musician. Born to a confiscated slave mother near Warrensburg and a bugler in the Union Army, he toured throughout the U.S. giving concerts for 47 seasons, according to this State Historical Society of Missouri biography. He lived the majority of his life in Columbia, Missouri and his home on Fourth Street, near Broadway, has been preserved and is an event venue. It is on the National Register of Historic Places.
  • J.W. “Blind” Boone’s home at 10 N. Fourth St. Image by Deanna Dikeman, used by permission.



    There is a park in his name in Warrensburg, Missouri. Learn more about his life here. You can listen to his compositions here, which range from a Ragtime Medley to Dixie to Nearer My God to Thee. Here’s another perspective on the life of Boone from an article published in the Columbia Home magazine in 2010.2010_02_00J W Blind Boone home and ragtime music Columbia Home magazine

  • 1930 – POPULATION 14,967, up 44 percent
  • 1930 University of Missouri enrollment, 3,986 per Mizzou Today, published 2007 by the Curators of the University of Missouri.
  • 1938 — Annie Fisher, a Black entrepreneur died on June 11, 1938. Born on Dec. 3, 1867 to former slaves, at the time of her death her fortune was valued at $13,350. In 2020 dollars, this would worth $244,359.53. She was a famed caterer and known for her beaten biscuits.
The home of Annie Fisher at 2911 Old 63 S. Demolished 2011.
The home of Annie Fisher at 2911 Old 63 S. Demolished 2011.

In addition to own restaurants, she amassed a collection of real estate holdings including rental properties. Her two homes have since been demolished but according to this May 20, 2015, Columbia Daily Tribune article, three of the homes Fisher owned still exist at 316 N. Garth Ave., 318 N. Garth Ave., and 306 Oak St. She is listed on the State Historical Society of Missouri’s list of Historic Missourians here. Here is a photograph of one of her homes prior to its demolition.


  • 1939 — July 18, 1939, Douglass Pool dedicated, according to the African-American Heritage Trail app available via OtoCast. It was built in 1938 under a Federal government public works program, according to Columbia’s Parks and Recreation Dept.’s website.
  • 1940 – POPULATION 18,399, up 23 percent since 1930
  • 1950 – POPULATION 31,974, up 74 percent from 1940
  • Dec. 21, 1953 — KOMU broadcasts as the area’s first TV station. According to a Missouri School of Journalism Facebook post, “As the region’s sole station, KOMU carried programming from all four networks: ABC, CBS, DuMont and
    NBC.” In 2020, KOMU is an NBC affiliate. The post states, “It is the only commercial TV station in the U.S. that uses its newsroom as a working lab for students. The station’s news department is operated by the J-School.”
  • 1954 — On May 17, 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the “separate but equal” doctrine was unconstitutional. This ruling was in the Brown vs. Topeka Board of Education case. That doctrine had been in place since with the 1896 U.S. Supreme Court Plessy vs. Ferguson ruling that said separate but equal was constitutional.
  • 1960 – POPULATION 36,650, up 15 percent from 1950
  • 1965 — Columbia’s first mall, Parkade Plaza, opens up in March 1965 on the Business Loop. The Aug. 5, 1966 Columbia Missourian describes it as “A covered two-level mall that is climate-controlled connects the stores and shops,” and notes it has a parking lot of 1,571 cars.
  • 1968 — ABC Labs founded by Charles W. Gehrke, David Stalling and Jim Ussary. Before it was sold in 2017 to Eurofins, an international firm, it employed 300 people. It was founded by Gehrke and his former students and grew out of their work in agricultural chemistry and analysis for amino acids. Gehrke and his laboratory also analyzed the moon rocks brought back by the 1969 Apollo 11 moon landing. “From Melon Fields to Moon Rocks,” is a book about Gehrke’s life and that of ABC Labs. The book is by Dianna Borsi O’Brien, the author of this website.
  • Book cover of Melon Fields to Moon Rocks



    “From Melon Fields to Moon Rocks,” is available for purchase through online venues as well as from the Boone County History and Culture Center at 3801 Ponderosa Drive and Yellow Dog Bookshop at 8 S. Ninth St.

  • 1969 — Columbia Mayor Herbert Jeans, Ward 1 – Richard Knipp, Ward 2 – Orville E. Hobart, Ward 3 – Ralph Maledy, Ward 4 – Eugene F. Ruether Jr. Per https://www.como.gov/council/history/</a
  • 1970 – POPULATION 58,512, up 60 percent from 1960
  • 1972 — Columbia’s second mall, the Biscayne Mall, opens.
  • 1973FIRST woman police officer at the Columbia Police Department is Susan Wooderson as of November of 1973, according to the book, “Images of Our Lives Since 1901,” published in 2001 by Columbia Daily Tribune with the cooperation of the State Historical Society of Missouri and the Boone County Historical Society.
  • 1980 – POPULATION 62,061, up 6 percent from 1970
  • 1985 — Oct. 9, 1985 Columbia Mall opens, according to the CoMo magazine, May 1, 2014. Here’s a look at the Columbia Mall at 2300 Bernadette Drive from the May 14, 2021 Columbia Missourian titled From the archives: Let’s go to the mall. Here’s the link: https://www.columbiamissourian.com/visuals/photos/from-the-archives-lets-go-to-the-mall/article_f9b97080-aaaa-11eb-a88e-03954e004e9c.html
  • 1990 – POPULATION 69,101, up 11 percent from 1980
  • Summer 1991 — The Lynching of James T. Scott: The Underside of a College Town, Gateway Heritage magazine, vol. 12, no. 1, Summer 1991. Copyright © by the Missouri Historical Society.
  • 2000 – POPULATION 84,531, up 22 percent from 1990
  • 2000 — University of Missouri, total enrollment 23,280, per Mizzou Today, published 2007 by the Curators of the University of Missouri.
  • 2007 — Columbia named the state’s first Creative Community, by the Missouri Arts Council and the Missouri Department of Economic Development and conferred by the Governor.
  • 2010 – POPULATION 108,500, up 28 percent from 2000
  • 2021
  • Jan/Feb 2021 — The Struggle in the Show-Me State — Outlines Civil Rights efforts in Missouri. It leads with an effort to integrate Columbia’s Uptown Theatre in 1953. Source: Missouri Life magazine.
  • Jan. 6, 2021 — The Professional World: a newspaper shrouded in mystery. Source: Vox magazine.
  • 2020
  • Jan. 15, 2020 — Tribune archives to move to county historical society. Source: Columbia Daily Tribune.
  • 2019
  • Sept. 23, 2019 — Local civil rights pilgrimage teaches visitors about the black community. Source: Columbia Missourian. Summary: A walk to six black churches or sites included a reenactment of Annie Fisher by Verna Laboy. The churches included Russell Chapel, St. Luke United Methodist Church, Second Missionary Baptist Church, St. Paul AME Church and Fifth Street Christian Church.
  • Sept. 4, 2019 — Local civil rights pilgrimage to showcase historic black churches. Source: Columbia Missourian. Barbara Horrell states Sunday morning is the most segregated time. This is why she and Don Day of Broadway Christian Church developed a Sept. 23, 2019, event to tour five churches and the Annie Fisher site on the African-American Heritage Trail.
  • Sept. 2, 2019 — Heart of America Marathon celebrates 60th anniversary with local winners. Source: Columbia Missourian. Summary: A marathon started 60 years ago in Columbia is now believed to be the fourth-longest continuously running marathon in the U.S. Bonus history is that the race began and the Boone County History & Culture Center.
  • Aug. 22, 2019 — Art project to celebrate Columbia’s bicentennial. Source: Columbia Missourian. Summary: Columbia’s bicentennial taskforce will launch in October a campaign for Columbia citizens to help decorate a sphere to mark the city’s 200th anniversary. Citizens will be asked to come up with one word to describe the city. The campaign is being called the “One Word Project.”
  • Aug. 5, 2019 — Joan Stack, Center for Missouri Studies Grand Opening — Source: Paul Pepper.
  • New Location Takes History Into the Future for State Historical Society
    Source: KBIA.
  • Aug. 2, 2019 — Historical moment approaches. Source: Columbia Missourian.
  • July 2019 — Bringing a Home to Life — Columbia Business Times. Summary: The home of the musician J.W. “Blind” Boone is a historic site and a venue that can be rented.
  • May 28, 2019 — JEFFERSON CITY – Missouri National Guard Activated to Help with Flood Storms. Source: KBIA. Summary: Gov. Mike Parson has called out the National Guard to help with flooding, tornado damage and severe storms.
  • May 28, 2019 — COLUMBIA — Columbia coal ash cleanup pleases environmentalists. Source: Columbia Missourian. Summary: More’s Lake, created in the 1800s, was filled with coal ash. The City of Columbia removed the ash in a project that started in 2016. The project is nearly done. For more information about historic More’s Lake, see this April 25, 2017 article.
  • May 27, 2019 — COLUMBIA — Luminaries of Columbia’s history tell their stories in a grave setting. Source: Columbia Missourian. Summary: Seven historical figures were portrayed at the History Comes Alive event on Memorial Day from 1-4 p.m. Those portrayed included Henry Kirklin, Mary Hale Lafon, Helen Guthrie Miller, Victor Barth, Jefferson Garth, David H. Hickman and Frederick Niedermeyer. The event is sponsored by the Friends of Historic Columbia Cemetery.
  • May 25, 2019 — JEFFERSON CITY –First responders describe damage in State of the City address. Source: KRCG13. Summary: About 240 structures in Jefferson City appear to be destroyed in the tornado that struck TK and there were 32-storm related injuries.
  • May 23, 2019 — JEFFERSON CITY – Tornado hits Jefferson City as deadly storms sweep state. Source: Columbia Daily Tribune. Summary: A tornado hit Jefferson City before midnight on May 22, 2019.
  • May 20, 2019 — KANSAS CITY NEWS — Ambitious plan to revive historic Troost business district. Source: CityScene KC. Summary: The historic Shankman and Micheslon buildings at 3115-3131 Toost and the Tycor building at 3105 Troost may be renovated. The plans of a civic group would involve offices, retail space and a museum. The plans call for a 20-year tax abatement of 100 percent for 15 years and 50 percent for five years.
  • May 22, 2019 — Sandbagging underway in Rocheport. Source: ABC KMIZ 17. Summary: Officials, residents and volunteers are sandbagging to prevent flooding. The report notes the Missouri River is expected to crest 2 feet above flood stage at the end of May.
  • May 22, 2019 — City unveils new real-time data portal. Source: Columbia Missourian. Summary: The city has made it easier to find information on its website. Historic information available includes a brick streets pdf, an interactive searchable map of historic Notable Properties, and other goodies. The searchable map is a bit tricky to make it work. For me, I had to hit refresh to get it to come up. Then on the left, you search the kind of property you want to see, house, school or cemetery. It then displays some very complete information.
  • May 21, 2019 — Update: Gov. Parson declares state of emergency in Missouri due to severe weather. Source: Columbia Missourian. Summary: Heavy rain leads the governor to declare an emergency.
  • May 21, 2019 — Airshow canceled as Missouri River rises again after rains. Source: Columbia Daily Tribune. Summary: The Salute to Veterans Airshow set to be held in Jefferson City on Monday, May 27, 2019, Memorial Day, has been canceled due to flooding. The event was moved to Jefferson City due to maintenance work at the Columbia Regional Airport.
  • May 20, 2019 — Racial disparity declines slightly, according to Columbia’s 2018 traffic stop data. Source: Columbia Missourian. Summary: “Of 16,707 drivers pulled over last year, 29.13 percent were black; the disparity index for black drivers was 2.29, down from 3.28 in 2017.”
  • May 13, 2019 — New Historical Society building will connect Missourians to a rich past. Source: Columbia Missourian. Summary: The new headquarters for the State Historical Society of Missouri on Elm Street will open this summer. It will be 76,000 feet, double its old home in Ellis Library at MU. The $35 million building includes exterior limestone quarried in Missouri. It was designed by Gould Evans, a Kansas City architectural firm.
  • May 10, 2019 — With expanded veterans center, MU celebrates campus ROTC. Source: Columbia Missourian. Summary: The review of members of the Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force, an annual event, this year marked the 150th year of ROTC at MU.
  • May 7, 2019 — Parking proves contentions in Flat Branch Park expansion debate. Columbia Missourian. Summary: City Council approved the first option, which eliminated parking in front of the former Ice House.  The discussion included several business people stating their concern about downtown parking. The interim city manager was directed to talk to business people about parking solutions.
  • May 7, 2019 — Council passes Flat Branch Park expansion. Columbia Daily Tribune. Summary: City Council approved expansion of the park to allow for a Gateway Plaza. The .4 acre expansion, the article notes, marks the location of the original settlement of Columbia in 1821. The park is designed to celebrate Columbia’s 200th anniversary with a celebration planned for May 2021.
  • May 6, 2019 — Fall 2015 protest molded MU’s Class of 2019. Columbia Missourian. Summary: A discussion of the racial protests at MU of 2015 and how non-majority students felt at the time and now. It also covers the resignation of System President Tim Wolfe and MU Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin. It includes noting that efforts toward progress at MU need to be ongoing.
  • May 5, 2019 — “Parking spaces at center of debate in Flat Branch Park expansion project,” Columbia Missourian. Summary:  This article includes maps of four different options under consideration by Columbia City Council at its meeting. The options involved a park expansion. The first option included eliminating some parking in front of the commercial building at Providence and Broadway owned by Mark Stevenson. The building is the former Ice House, which has been at the heart of a building controversy before. At one time it was slated to be demolished and a drug store built there. Those plans were derailed.
  • May 4, 2019 — Bleu is back with a new bakery and cafe, plus more on the way. Columbia Missourian. Summary: Bleu, owned by Travis and Liz Tucker, are opening bakery and cafe south of town and deep in the article it notes they’ll also be opening the Atrium, an event space, at the historic building on the southeast corner of Tenth & Walnut. The article notes the building began as a hotel, was a car dealership, and most recently, Parker Funeral Home. The new event space will open this summer.
  • April 30, 2019 — SAR chapter program highlights “Blind” Boone. Source: Daily Star Journal. Summary: Mike Shaw gave a presentation to the Martin Warren Chapter, Missouri Society, Sons of the American Revolution about J.W. “Blind” Boone of Columbia.
  • April 30, 2019 — Guest Commentary: Columbia only goes through the motions of racial reconciliation. Columbia Missourian. Summary: Author Traci Wilson-Kleekamp states the article and book were insufficient and that the article, book and 2003 series did not properly address the harm to Gertrude Carter Scott, Scott’s widow. Wilson-Kleekamp’s commentary calls on the city of Columbia, the University of Missouri and the School of Medicine, where James T. Scott was employed, to do more to highlight Scott’s life. The piece also notes the Columbia Public School should have a curriculum that honors black contributions to the community.
  • April 26, 2019 — An author retraces James T. Scott’s life, ending the silence about her family’s link to his death. Part 1. Columbia Missourian. Summary: Pat Roberts, now deceased, wrote a book about James T. Scott after she learned her aunt was the girl who accused him of attempting to rape her. This accusation by Regina Almstedt, 14, at the time, led to Scott’s murder by lynching. Roberts’ family had never discussed Scott’s murder in 1923. Roberts learned of the family connection from a 2003 series in the Columbia Missourian related to the lynching. The name of the book is “A lynching in Little Dixie: The Life and Death of James T. Scott.”
  • April 27, 2019 — Lifting the cloud, a detailed history of the Scott lynching. Part 2. Columbia Missourian. Summary: This part outlines why the family never discussed the lynching death of James T. Scott, why the author wrote the book, outlines what Columbia groups have done to mark and/or commemorate Scott’s death.
  • April 27, 2019 — In the 1990s, a play chronicled James T. Scott’s lynching for local, national audiences. Columbia Missourian. Summary: Eric Wilson and Clyde Ruffin wrote a play, “Strands,” in 1991. The play premiered in Columbia, and went on to win the 1992 Lorraine Hansberry Playwriting Award, and was performed as part of the American College Theatre Festival in the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.
  • April 27, 2019 — Rezoning plan revives West Broadway issues. Columbia Daily Tribune. Summary: Local doctor Mohammad Jarbou purchased homes at 917 W. Broadway, 919 W. Broadway and 14 N. West Blvd., with plans to demolish them and redevelop the area. Columbia residents are pushing back.
  • Note: A Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/groups/SaveHistoricBroadway/, has been created to disseminate information about thwarting the effort to demolish the houses.
  • April 20, 2019 — Center unveils historic photo collection. Source: Columbia Daily Tribune. Summary: Immigrants. A mother. A Reconstruction-period soldier. These images are among the historic photographs on display in the exhibit “Faces Found: Boone County Portraits 1886-1940,” at the Boone County History and Culture Center.
  • April 18, 2019 — Bicentennial mural project meeting in Sturgeon. Source: Columbia Daily Tribune. A meeting is set for April 27, 2019 in the Sturgeon Christian Church Fellowship Hall to seek input about what should be in the mural artist Stacy Self will create for the 200th anniversary of the founding of Boone County.
  • April 14, 2019 — Rude Awakenings: Invisible chains hang on our iconic columns. Source: Columbia Daily Tribune. Summary: An article noting the African-American history that goes unnoticed. For example, the columns left standing in the Quadrangle of the University of Missouri are from a building built in 1839, most likely using enslaved labor. The article notes that in 1830 nearly a quarter of the Boone County population were slaves. The article calls for making sure the history of blacks is not ignored during the bicentennial celebrations.
  • April 12, 2019 — Boone bicentennial plans moving ahead. Source: Columbia Daily Tribune. Summary: Reporting on plans developed for celebrating Boone County’s 200th anniversary. Those plans include having a mural created with input from various Boone County towns. For example, Hallsville residents want representations of Native Americans from the Osage Tribe and a 1963 explosion included. Boone County was created in 1820. The mural will hang in the Boone County History and Culture Center.
  • April 12, 2019 — Letter to the Editor: Looking for new Good Old Boys. Source: Columbia Daily Tribune. Summary: Men who meet at Midway Truck Stop are looking for men to join them for dinner, as many members have left. The meal is at 5:30 p.m. in the cafe. The next meeting will be Monday, May 6.
  • April 7, 2019 — New trail to open in celebration of Columbia’s black history. Source: KOMU.com. Summary: An African-American Heritage Trail with 21 historic markers was approved by Columbia’s City Council on April 1. 2019. The 2-mile trail will include 30 sites including Sharp End.
  • April 5, 2019 — Three notable figures inducted into Historical Society’s Hall of Fame. Source: Columbia Missourian. Summary: Those named were Mills Menser, owner of Buchroeders Jewelers, Ann Covington, retired chief justice of the Missouri Supreme Court and the late Don Faurot, MU football coach and athletic director.
  • April 3, 2019 — The park is slated for bicentennial expansion. Source: ABC17News.com. Summary: The plan for the park expansion designed to mark the May 2021 CoMo200 bicentennial was approved by The Downtown Leadership Council. The plan will go for approval to the Columbia City Council on May 6, 2019.
  • April 2, 2019 — Route for African-American Heritage Trail approved, will add more historical markers. Source: Columbia Missourian. Summary: A walking trail marking African-American history was OK’d by Columbia City Council on Monday, April 1, 2019. The two-mile trail follows city sidewalks, part of the MKT trail and a portion of Columbia Cemetery. The trail has eight markers now with another 13 to go.
  • African American Heritage Trail route. Source: Columbia Missourian.
  • March 19, 2019 — University of Missouri police officer fired for blackface photo. Source: Columbia Daily Tribune. Summary: MU police officer Marcus Collins fired for wearing blackface in a photo provided by an anonymous source. Race Matters, Friends lauds MU firing the employee for racism.
  • March 21, 2019 — State Historial Society prepares for move. Source: Columbia Tribune. Summary: The Columbia Research Center of the State Historical Society of Missouri will close on April 19, 2019, until the new center opens Aug. 12.
  • Feb. 24, 2019 — Columbia College hosts second-annual Black Business Expo. Source: Columbia Missourian. Photo gallery of Black Business Expo held at Columbia College.
  • Feb. 23, 2019 — Second annual Black Expo fosters business relationships. Source: Columbia Missourian. Summary: Black Expo included business from across mid-Missouri as well as St. Louis and Kansas City.
  • Feb. 23, 2019 — Mid-Missouri black entrepreneurs showcase their businesses Source: KOMU. Summary: Columbia College held a Black Business Expo on Feb. 23 featuring more than 30 black-owned businesses.
  • Feb. 16, 2019 — The Missouri Crisis at 200: Kinder Institute kicks off bicentennial commemoration. Source: Columbia Missourian. Summary: A weekend conference looking at Missouri’s history and its importance to the U.S. The event focused especially on slavery, yet the event drew “an almost entirely white audience,” the article notes. The article included information on the case of Winny, who petitioned for her freedom at the same time Missouri was becoming a state. Her name, Winny or Winney, is spelled both ways in the primary source, the transcript of Winny’s lawsuit. She won her case in the Missouri Supreme Court, the article notes, on the grounds that her owners had taken her to live in territories where slavery was banned, establishing the precedent of “one free, always free.”
  • Feb. 19, 2019 — Missouri Bicentennial Celebration needs you. Source: Columbia Daily Tribune, but written by Wes Franklin who writes for the Neosho Daily News. Summary: How to get involved in the state’s Missouri 2021 bicentennial celebrations.
  • Feb. 12, 2019 — Have a piece of Boone County you love? It could be memorialized in a mural. Source: Columbia Missourian. Summary: Stacy Self, a local artist, is collecting input for a mural planned to mark the bicentennial of Boone County, Missouri. An event will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 16 in the Southern Boone County Public Library. The mural will be displayed at the Boone County History and Culture Center after 2020.
  • Feb. 1, 2019 — Public offers feedback on Flat Branch Park expansion. Source: Columbia Missourian. See a pdf of a rendition of the planned expansion here. Dozens of residents attended a meeting where Deb Sheals of the CoMo200 taskforce and Mike Snyder of Columbia Parks and Rec Dept. presented a plan for a park expansion to mark Columbia’s bicentennial in 2021. Plans include landscaping, a bridge, improved lighting, sculptures, a donor wall and reinstalling brick pavement on Fourth Street. The article included comments from Mark Stevenson, owner of the property on the east side of the proposed park expansion. He’s concerned about losing parking. Another comment by Robbie Price, an architect with Simon Oswald Architecture, noted concern about the bridge meeting Americans with Disability Act requirements.
  • Winter 2019 — Old Field, New Ideas. Source: Mizzou Magazine. Summary: Sanborn Field, established in 1888, was named a National Historic Landmark in 1964. It was named after J.W. Sanborn, director of the Missouri Agricultural Experimental Station. In 1948, William A. Albrecht found streptomyces aureofaciens there which became the basis for Aureomycin, an antibiotic widely prescribed from the 1940s to the 1980s. The Smithsonian Institute has a sample of the Sanborn soil. The copy of this article is republished here with permission from Mizzou Magazine.


  • Nov. 28, 2018 — The CoMo Makes Plan: Business Loop. Source: Columbia Business Times. Summary: Plans to develop the Business Loop now called The Loop into a small-scale artisan manufacturing sector. The article quotes Carrie Gartner, executive director of The Loop, and outlines future plans. Those plans include a site visit from a “grant-funded consulting services” firm Smart Growth. There is also a website called COMO Makes that will list artisans and firms that provide resources for artisans. It is already open for artisans and support firms to register.
  • Nov. 28, 2018 — The Drive to Improve: 3M. Source: Columbia Business Times. Summary: History of 3M since its opening in Columbia in 1970 and a look toward future plans. Quotes new plant manager Jim Burkhardt. The article states that 3M was once one of Columbia’s largest employers.
  • Nov. 28, 2018 — What happens now: Sewer debate. Source: Columbia Business Times. Summary: A history of the Henderson Branch sewer project and the Midway USA and Midway Truck and Travel Plaza development. The article includes information from former city manager Bill Watkins, John Glascock, David Nivens, Ian Thomas and David Sorrell.
  • Nov. 28, 2018 — Curating Creativity. Source. Columbia Business Times. Summary: A history of the Columbia Art League from its start in 1959 with a meeting at the home of Betty Robins. It states the first Art in the Park was held “as an art fair on Cherry Street as a way of encouraging artists to share their work…”
  • Nov. 18, 2018 — The Sit-in at the Minute Inn: A Columbia native and the civil rights protest that shaped him. Source: Vox magazine, written by Lauren Puckett, images by Jason Vance. Summary: Jim Nunnelly looks back on the sit-in in 1960 in Columbia’s Minute Inn. Prior to this civil rights push, African Americans were not allowed to sit down inside the Minute Inn restaurant. Nunnelly was thrown out of the restaurant by owner Hubert Odell Blakemore. Today, the Minute Inn has changed ownership and become the Broadway Diner. The article includes a civil rights timeline.
  • Nov. 11, 2018 — Community members remember Smithton on march to bicentennial. Source: KOMU.com. This piece includes comments from Richard Mendenhall, who portrays Robert S. Barr, one of the early founders of Smithton, which later moved to a water source and changed the settlement’s name to Columbia.
  • Nov. 11, 2018 — Columbia celebrates 200 years since the founding of Smithton. Source: Columbia Missourian, written by Liam Quinn. Summary: Smithton was founded in 1818 with the purchase of about 3,000 acres by more than 30 people. Those founders included Lilburn Boggs, the article state, who would later become the sixth governor of Missouri. The article also notes Ruby Hord, a seventh-grader from Gentry Middle School, was the winner of the T-shirt design that was emblazoned on T-shirts to mark the celebration.
  • Nov. 11, 2018 — Columbia celebrates 200 years since the founding of Smithton. Source: AP, published in the Bonner County Daily Bee.
  • Nov. 11, 2018 — Community celebrates bicentennial of Smithton’s founding, Photo Gallery. Source: Columbia Missourian, photography by Di Pan.
  • Nov. 11, 2018 — A century after World War I ended, a look back at Boone County soldiers who served. Source: Columbia Missourian, written by Liv Jackson. Summary: This article outlines the timeline of World War I and the contributions Boone County and Missouri made. It highlights the monument to those who died in the war, which is on the lawn of the Boone County Courthouse. The article states 11,000 Missourians died in the war, including 117 MU students. In addition, it says, “More than 170 students at MU left school to go back home and work on their farms. During the war, Missouri farmers enlarged their fields to help feed the war-torn citizens of Britain and France, according to the State Historical Society.” The article also notes Columbia’s Wilson Avenue was named after the president in 1917. It was changed from Keiser Avenue, which looked too much like the German word “Kaiser.”  In addition, the article includes this note on the war fatalities: “At least half of the soldiers from Boone County died during the influenza pandemic or from other diseases, either abroad or in training camps.”
  • Nov. 8, 2018 — CoMo200 to celebrate founding of Smithton. Source: Columbia Daily Tribune. The announcement of the Nov. 11, 2018 kickoff event marking the founding of Smithton, which in 1821 moved to the Flat Branch and was renamed Columbia.
  • Nov. 8, 2018 — Before Columbia there was Smithton. This year, the settlement turns 200. Summary: Smithton, the predecessor to Columbia, was founded in 1818. This article announces the Nov. 11, 2018 event to celebrate Smithton/Columbia’s bicentennial.
  • Oct. 23, 2018 — MU recognizes civil rights trailblazers at residence hall dedication. Source: KBIA. Summary: MU named a residence hall after African American trailblazers George C. Brooks and Lucile Bluford and atrium for Gus T. Ridgel. Bluford was denied admission to MU’s School of Journalism graduate program in the 1940s. She was awarded an honorary doctorate in 1989. Brooks was MU’s first African American administrator; he was the financial aid director for 17 years. Ridgel was the first African-American student at MU to earn a graduate degree.
  • Oct. 19, 2018 — Photo Gallery: MU dedicates Bluford Hall. Source: Columbia Missourian. Photo coverage of the dedication of the MU buildings for African Americans Lucile Bluford, George C. Brooks and Gus T. Ridgel.
  • Sept. 19, 2018 — Fourth and fifth markers commemorating Columbia African-American history unveiled. Source: Columbia Missourian, written by Clare Roth. Summary: The Sharp End Heritage Committee dedicated two more markers on the African American Heritage Trail. One of the markers lauds the place where the home of Annie Fisher once stood at Seventh Street and Park Avenue. Fisher was born to enslaved parents and went on to fame from her restaurant and cooking. According to an Aug. 24, 2017 Vox magazine article, she made a fortune of about $100,000. According to measuringworth.com, a wealth calculating website, that amount would be valued at $2.4 million to $94 million dollars in 2017. Another marker noted the Douglass Pool and the original Russell Chapel. The chapel was destroyed during the 1950s as part of the Douglass School Urban Renewal project. First Ward City Councilman Clyde Ruffin spoke to the crowd of roughly 30 people.
  • Aug. 28, 2018 — Mayor’s Task Force plans topographic survey for Flat Branch park extension. Source: Columbia Missourian, written by Clare Roth. Summary: The task force to plan the celebrations for Columbia’s bicentennial will have a survey conducted to plan an extension of the Flat Branch Park for the celebration. The article also notes how the survey will be funded. The park extension will add .6 of an acre to the already existing 2.75-acre park, the article notes. The park expansion will also involve uncovering the Flat Branch, which has been covered up from Providence to Broadway.  The articles notes that originally Columbia was founded in 1818 as Smithton. When water could not be accessed at its original location on what is now Garth and Walnut, the founders moved the town down to the Flat Branch for water in 1821 and renamed it Columbia. The task force referred to as CoMo200 also plans to hold a bicentennial kickoff in November 2018.
  • July 26, 2018 — History of protests in 2015 offers lessons in school leadership. Source: Columbia Missourian, written by Kathryn Palmer. Summary: An analysis of the protests of 2015 by Ben Trachtenberg states that it wasn’t the demands or level of racism that caused the protests but leadership deficiencies. The demands of the black student activists included noting racial discrimination and correcting it, an increase in black faculty, increased minority student retention. The group that headed up the protests called themselves Concerned Student 1950, a name that referenced the year MU was integrated.
  • July 25, 2018 — From 1888 to 2018 on Sanborn Field. Source: Columbia Missourian. Outlines the contributions to science and the University of Missouri made from the agricultural research field known as Sanborn Field. It includes the fact that a soil sample taken in 1945 is in the Smithsonian Institute. The soil was used to develop an antibiotic similar to penicillin.
  • July 24, 2018 — Three years after protests, educators plant seeds for ‘black history renaissance’ at MU. Source: Columbia Missourian. Summary: The new MU Carter Center for K-12 Black History is dedicated to three goals: “To conduct research on black history education; To evaluate and enhance K-12 black history instruction with teachers; To design K-12 black history curriculum for teachers and districts,” the article written by Kathryn Palmer states.
  • July 17, 2018 — Council approves new East Campus neighborhood association. Source: Columbia Missourian. Summary: City Council voted to recognized a new neighborhood association for the East Campus area. The new association is the East Campus Traditional Neighborhood Association, made up mainly of landlords. The older organization, the East Campus Neighborhood Association is an older organization made up mainly of homeowners, according to the article.
  • July 16, 2018 — Unsafe pin oaks come down on the MU quad, Columbia Missourian. Summary: Five pin oaks are being removed. The clay soil of MU’s Frances Quadrangle limited their lifespan.
  • July 16, 2018 — Pin oak tree removal will begin on historic Francis Quadrangle this week. Source: MU News Bureau. Summary: Five, 60-year-old pin oaks will be removed. Replacing the trees will be funded by “The Legacy Oaks of the Francis Quadrangle.” The trees will be replaced with native white oaks.
  • July 16, 2018 — MU starts removal of aging oaks from Francis Quadrangle. Source: The Columbia Daily Tribune. Summary: “Age, soil conditions and overwatering have taken a toll,” on the oaks, according to this article.
    June 13, 2018 — Columbia, Boone County working on distinct bicentennial celebrations, Columbia Daily Tribune. Summary: The city of Columbia and Boone County will hold their own events to celebrate the 200th anniversary of their founding.
  • July 12, 2018 — Hunt Avenue adapts to the times. Source: The Columbia Missourian. Summary: Houses on Hunt Avenue are going to be demolished so the owner Fred Christman can redevelop the area. The houses are too small for today’s standard, less than 1,000 feet. The houses are also older and built in the 1940s and 1950s. Hunt Avenue is north of Worley and south of I70.
  • May 30, 2018 — Historic home may be razed, Columbia Missourian. Summary: A house at 1506 Hinkson Ave. in the Benton-Stephens neighborhood burned on May 10. The house may now be razed. The house is owned by Emmett McNulty. The house was built around 1925. Here‘s what it looked like before the fire, according to this page on Realtor.com.
  • May 28, 2018 — Columbia Cemetery comes alive for Memorial Day, KOMU.com. Summary: Re-enactors at Columbia’s oldest cemetery portrayed historical figures buried there including James L. Stephens, Victor Barth, Richard Henry Jesse, Mary Paxton Keeley, John Lange Sr., Robert Beverly Price and Brig. Gen. Oden Guitar. The event was sponsored by the Friends of the Historic Columbia Cemetery.
  • May 28, 2018 — Columbia residents learn when History Comes Alive, Columbia Missourian. Summary: Hundreds attended the second annual History Comes Alive event at the Columbia Cemetery.
  • May 10, 2018 — Artifacts, history preserved. Source: Columbia Missourian. Summary: Items removed from the now-demolished James Condominiums at 121 S. Tenth St. and the Bull Pen Cafe, once at Business Loop 70, are being used in the cafe DrinKraft of Josh Wexler.
  • May 10, 2018 — House fire on Hinkson Avenue ruled suspicious, ABC 17 television news. Summary: The house at 1506 Hinkson Ave. was ruled suspicious.
  • May 10, 2018 — Fire deemed suspicious, Columbia Tribune. A house fire at 1506 Hinkson Avenue. Here‘s what it looked like before the fire, according to this page on Realtor.com.
  • May 10, 2018 — Suspicious fire took nine fire department units to be extinguished, Columbia Missourian. House fire at 1506 Hinkson Avenue.
  • May 9, 2018 — Architectural artifacts find their way into businesses, homes, Columbia Missourian. Summary: Josh Wexler is opening DrinKraft on Tenth and Park Avenue and will be decorating with items reclaimed from now demolished buildings. He is using items from the now demolished Bull Pen Cafe and the James Apartment at 121 S. Tenth St. Susan Maze is using items from the James Apartment in her home. She was a former resident of the James Apartment. Pat Fowler, chair of the City of Columbia’s Historic Preservation Commission, commented about the items being reused and the auction the city holds to sell items saved from buildings set to be demolished.
  • March 8, 2018 — Celebrating two centuries worth of Columbia history: From the city’s first years, to its 200th year, Columbia’s birthday is commemorated with some historic highlights, Vox magazine, Columbia Missourian. Summary: Snippets of information with a timeline showing highlights of Columbia’s history.
  • Feb. 6-7, 2018 — On Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018, Columbia Mayor Brian Treece announced the members of the task force tapped to organize the three-year celebration of Columbia’s bicentennial. Columbia was first founded in 1818 by the Smithton Land Company, and the new city was settled a few blocks west of Providence Road. When there wasn’t sufficient water at that location, the town was moved to the banks of the Flat Branch, renamed Columbia, Missouri, and platted in 1821. Those two dates are why the celebration will span 2018-2021. During the announcement of the members of the task force, several of those named to the planning group mentioned the group will seek to be inclusive of the entire community, by race, occupation and origin.
  • Here is the news coverage of the event.
  • 93.9 radio coverage.
  • ABC17 KMIZ
  • 13KRCG
  • Columbia Tribune
  • Columbia Missourian
  • Here are the members of the task force: Brent Gardner, chair; Pat Fowler, Historic Preservation Commission; Nate Brown, Reynolds Journalism Institute; Dr. Eryca Neville, Columbia Public Schools; Dr. Anne Deaton, University of Missouri, Chris Campbell, Boone County History & Culture Center; Tom Mendenhall, Downtown Community Improvement District; Deb Sheals, Downtown Community Improvement District; Ann Rogers.
    Amy Schneider, City of Columbia staff liaison.
  • Feb. 2, 2018 — New dorm to honor Lucile Bluford’s legacy, Columbia Missourian. Summary: MU will name a residence hall for African American journalist Lucile Bluford. The atrium of the building will be named after Gus T. Ridgel, the first African American to graduate from MU. Bluford attempted to attend MU School of Journalism graduate program but was turned down due to her race. She continued to fight that decision in court until MU closed it’s journalism graduate program in 1941 after the state Supreme Court ruled in her favor according to the State Historical Society of Missouri’s website. The School said it was due to lack of enrollment due to World War II.
  • Jan. 18, 2018 — A Blast from the Past: The Neidermeyer Apartments: A Blast from the Past: The Neidermeyer Apartments.Vox magazine of the Columbia Missourian. Summary: The Neidermeyer Apartment building was in danger of demolition in 2013, but Nakhle Asmar purchased the building and is renovating the apartment building. This article includes photographs and the history of the building from its start as the home of the Columbia Female Academy in 1837.


  • Dec. 2, 2017 — History of the Boone County Fair, Columbia Daily Tribune. Summary: The Boone County Fair began in 1835 and was held east of Stephens College. In 1897, it was held “at the end of Fifth street, bordered by Wilkes Boulevard, Third Street, Mores Boulevard and Seventh Street.” In 1947, it was held on West Boulevard.
  • Nov. 27, 2017 — The Neidermeyer Experiment, Columbia Daily Tribune, Coming Up section. This free and open to the public event will feature 10 UMC artists in a pop-up show of their work. The event will be held 5-8 p. on Friday, Dec. 1, 2017 in the historic Niedermeyer Apartments at 920 Cherry St.
  • Oct. 26, 2017 — Plotting out a century of changes, Columbia Missourian. Summary: A map of MU from 1914-1915 when MU had 3,839 students versus its current enrollment of 30,000. Highlights what’s still there and what’s missing including where MU Health is now. The coverage includes a map from 1914.
  • Oct. 18, 2017 — Legendary history: Sharp End’s impact on the black community honored with a plaque. Summary: Coverage written by Jonathan Mitchell and Aviva Okeson-Haberman describes an event unveiling a commemorative plaque, “on the west side of Providence Road between Switzler and Pendleton streets…” Chairman of the Sharp End Heritage Committee James Whitt noted the importance of remembering history. The plaque marks the Third Street Market, which was one of the few places blacks could buy groceries, the Harvey House and the Blue & White Cafe.
  • Oct. 17, 2017 — New historical marker commemorates three Sharp End District businesses, Columbia Daily Tribune. Summary: Three businesses that once operated in the Sharp End District were honored with a marker at 400 N. Providence along with marking a new African American Heritage Trail. The three businesses were Third Street Market, Blue & White Cafe and the Harvey House. The Sharp End Heritage Committee and community members were on hand including Vicki Russell, Loreli Wilson, manager of diversity and inclusion at Veterans United Home Loans.
  • Oct. 17, 2017 — Mayor will appoint task force for bicentennial planning, Columbia Missourian. Mayor Brian Treece is appointing a task force to plan Columbia’s upcoming bicentennial. He proposes including many groups in the planning for events from 2018-2021. He said the task force and planning should include African American organizations and the contributions of African Americans in the founding of Columbia.
  • Oct. 3, 2017 — West Ash, North Central neighbors make effort to downzone property, Columbia Daily Tribune. Summary: Residents of the West Ash Neighborhood want to have their area rezoned to R1, which only allows single-family dwellings. It is now mostly zoned R2, which allows two-family dwellings. The article includes information from Zandra de Araujo and residents as well as from Pat Fowler, a member of the Columbia Historic Preservation Commission.
  • Oct. 4, 2017 — ‘Upcycle’ event planned for salvage sale. Summary: The Columbia Historic Preservation Commission tentatively set Nov. 4 and 5 as the dates for selling salvage from demolished buildings. Items likely for sale will include radiators, cattle gates, rows of seats and barn wood. Last year’s event was held in Rock Quarry Park at Rock Quarry Park, 2002 Grindstone Parkway.
  • Sept. 7, 2017 — Teachers, alumni weigh in on Douglass High School renovations. Columbia Daily Tribune. Summary: Marking the $6.75 million renovations of Frederick Douglass High School. The school was opened in 1885. It was the all-black school until segregation ended by a U.S. Supreme Court 1954 ruling. It took 13 years to integrate schools. Barbra Horrell said she was in the school’s last official class.
  • Aug. 27-28, 2017 — Lee Board begins effort to change school’s name, Columbia Missourian. Summary: The Lee Expressive Arts Elementary school board voted to ask the Columbia Public School district to rename the school. It was named after Robert E. Lee, a general on the Confederate side of the Civil War.
  • Aug. 26, 2017 — Columbia’s Civil War past lives on, Columbia Tribune. Summary: A school known as Lee Expressive Arts Elementary was originally named for Robert E. Lee, a Confederate general during the Civil War. This article by Megan Favignano quotes Traci Wilson-Kleekamp of Race Matters, Friends, saying she’d like people to consider what history is being memorialized, adding it’s often the history of white slave owners being memorialized.
  • Columbia’s hidden figure: Verna Laboy brings Annie Fisher to life
    The community activist revives the century-old story of a biscuit baker who made a fortune while defying expectations, Vox magazine in the Columbia Missourian. Summary: This article by Jared Kaufman outlines the life and success of Annie Fisher and other black historical figures including Tom Bass, Henry Kirklin and Josephine Silone Yates. The article notes that Fisher was known for her beaten biscuits and that she owned 18 houses as well as ran a catering business. Note there 2009 is a book about Tom Bass, Whisper on the Wind: The Story of Tom Bass.
  • Aug. 24, 2017 — Historic Preservation Commission hopes exploring Columbia’s history will bring neighborhoods together, Columbia Missourian. Summary: The city’s Historic Preservation Commission plans to recognize the 100-year-old Daniel Boone Tavern, 811 E. Walnut St. The commission submitted a budget of $26,000 to cover four main projects: legislative changes to help promote historic preservation, neighborhood surveys, promote historic structures and planning for centennial and bicentennial program and salvage assistance.
  • August 2017 — Williams Hall, Columbia Business Times. Summary: This Flashback article and photograph by Rachel Thomas highlights the 1851 building at Columbia College. It started life as an unfinished mansion of James Bennett.
  • July 24, 2017 — Plaques unveiled, Columbia Missourian.
  • July 2, 2017 — New data on an old disgrace: Missouri had second highest number of lynchings outside Deep South, Columbia Missourian. Summary: A new study by the Equal Justice Initiative shows that Missouri had 60 lynchings from 1877 to 1950.
  • June 29, 2017 — Columbia, Missouri: A lesson in art history, Vox magazine of the Columbia Missourian. Summary: A collection of five articles about theatres in Columbia, includes timelines for several theatres. Those covered include the Missouri Theatre, the Maplewood Barn Theatre, the Hall Theatre, Rynsburger, Jesse Auditorium.
  • June 14, 2017 — The Gathering Place will close in December due to budget cuts at MU, Columbia Missourian. Summary: The bed and breakfast at 606 S. College will be closed by MU. It has been operating since 1996. It has been owned by the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources since 2008. The article states that MU expects to save $150,000 per year by closing the bed and breakfast, which was to have provided experience for MU hospitality students. The article cites the bed and breakfast’s website as stating that the house was built by Cora Davenport in 1906 and has been used as a fraternity house for Lambda Chi Alpha, Alpha Gamma Rho, Tau Kappa Epsilon and Sigma Tau Gamma.
  • May 30, 2017 — The Conley House, Columbia Business Times, Flashback. Summary: Contrasting a postcard image with a present-day photograph, the article states the house was built in 1869, listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973. It states he lived there with his wife and four sons. Note, the couple had five children including one daughter Helen Singleton Conley.
  • May 30, 2017 — Historical figures share their stories at Columbia Cemetery, Columbia Missourian. Summary: Event coverage of Memorial Day event sponsored by Columbia Cemetery Association Board. The event featured monologs given by actors portraying J. W. “Blind” Boone, Jane Froman, Ann Hawkins Gentry, George Swallow, John Lathrop, Luella St. Clair Moss, James S. Rollins and Walter Williams.
  • May 30, 2017 – Video of Historical figures share their stories at Columbia Cemetary, Columbia Missourian.
  • May 30, 2017 — Local history comes to life, Columbia Daily Tribune. Summary: Event coverage of Memorial Day event sponsored by Columbia Cemetery Association Board. The event featured monologs given by actors portraying J. W. “Blind” Boone, Jane Froman, Ann Hawkins Gentry, George Swallow, John Lathrop, Luella St. Clair Moss, James S. Rollins and Walter Williams.
  • May 27, 2017 — The Final Ticket: Lucy’s Corner Cafe closes its doors, Columbia Daily Tribune. Summary: Cafe at 522 E. Broadway to close after 13 years under Lucy Reddick’s ownership. Includes some history of the location.
  • May 26-27, 2017 — Lucy’s Corner Cafe to locks its doors after 30 years, Columbia Missourian.
  • May 13, 2017 —Living History event planned for Memorial Day, Columbia Daily Tribune. Summary: An event from 1 to 4 p.m. on May 29, 2017, will bring to life nine historic figures through four-minute monologs. Those figures will be:
    • J.W. “Blind” Boone;
    • Jane Froman;
    • Ann Hawkins Gentry, Columbia postmistress from 1838-1865;
    • George Swallow, Missouri’s first state geologist, and MU faculty member;
    • John Lathrop, president of MU twice;
    • Sgt. Wallace Lilly, a slave who enlisted in the Union Army in 1864;
    • Luella St. Clair Moss, Columbia College president from 1893 to 1920
    • James S. Rollins, a man considered the father of MU;
    • Walter Williams, founder of the MU School of Journalism and MU president from 1931-1935.
  • April 29, 2017 — East Campus Bed & Breakfast, Columbia Daily Tribune. Summary: The home at 1315 University Ave., is again a bed and breakfast. This article outlines a grand opening. Joy Piazza is operating the bed and breakfast. It had operated as the University Avenue Bed and Breakfast for 21 years prior to closings in December of 2016.
  • April 25, 2017 —More’s Lake might return to its former glory after years of sitting filled with ash, Columbia Missourian. Summary: A lake once used for water to cool the power plant and then used as a place to dump ash from when the Columbia Municipal Power Plant burned coal has been drained. Due to environmental concerns and regulations, the ash will be removed and taken to the landfill. The lake was created in the late 1800s by Elawson Carry More. It was once used as community fishing and recreation area. Hopes were expressed that might be again. The piece includes this link to a historical document about Columbia’s power and water developments.
  • April 21-22, 2017 — Quirky Quonset huts to go, but one remains a quirky reminder of MU’s past, Columbia Missourian. Summary: Two Quonset huts on College Avenue are set to be demolished by owner Robert Craig. The article outlines the history of MU’s Quonset huts, which were used for quick space during the 1940-post World War II enrollment increase due to former soldiers taking advantage of the GI Bill. The article notes the Quonset huts housed 2,800 students and, citing MU archives, were also used “as a textbook office, a laboratory and hospital office space.”
  • April 3, 2017 — City sets date for More’s Lake project public hearing, ABC17News.com. Summary: Public hearing about a contract to remove ash from More’s Lake.
  • April 2-3, 2017 — Holding on to pieces of the past, Columbia Missourian. Summary: Discusses salvage effort on The Bull Pen Cafe, 2310 Business Loop 70 E Columbia, MO 65201. The article quotes former owner Jackie Cockrell and Pat Fowler of the Historic Preservation Commission. The Bull Pen Cafe opened in 1951. On this date, the building is owned by Marty Riback, who plans to demolish the building.
  • March 29, 2017 — A rich past, a hazy future, Columbia Missourian. Summary: Article about the house at 216 S. Fifth St., in the shadow of student housing being built. Includes some history of the house and former resident Brian Matney, and owners of the property Adam Dushoff, Jeremy Brown and Matt Jenn.
  • March 28, 2017 — Old Coca-Cola plant, former Varsity Theatre take Cornerstones honors, Columbia Missourian. A new program called Cornerstones of Columbia is being launched by Brent Gardner. The first two buildings to be honored are 17 N. Ninth St., which now houses The Blue Note, and 10 Hitt St., which now houses Ragtag Cinema, Uprise Bakery and Hitt Records.
  • March 17, 2017 — Jury splits in mock trial of former Tribune publisher, Columbia Daily Tribune. Summary: A mock trial in reference to the 1923 lynching of James T. Scott looked at whether the then publisher of the Columbia Daily Tribune Ed Watson caused the lynching. The article notes that an editor by Watson on April 28, 1923 stated: “called for ‘swift justice — by the courts, of course’ but also wrote that three accused rapists held in the jail ‘should feel the halter draw.’ “
  • Nov. 3, 2017 — City of Columbia video of the 2017 Most Notable Properties.
  • March 16, 2017 — Historic preservation commission selects Most Notable Properties winner, the Columbia Daily Tribune: Summary: Four properties were selected for the Columbia Historic Preservation Commission’s Most Notable Properties list. The properties were: 1415 University Ave., 401 West Blvd., S., 1223 Frances Drive, 17 and 19 N. Fifth St.
  • March 14, 2017 — Commission selects Most Notable Properties winners, after using secret code. Columbia Missourian. Four properties, 1415 University Ave., 401 West Blvd., S., 1223 Frances Drive., and 17 and 19 N. Fifth St., were named to the Most Notable properties List. The vote was done through a secret code to keep the information from getting out prior to notification of property owners, said Rusty Palmer, City of Columbia staff liaison to the Historic Preservation Commission. This violated the Sunshine Law that requires City Council commissions to make decisions in public.
  • March 10, 2017 —Bull Pen Cafe building will face the wrecking ball, Columbia Missourian, accessed March 19, 2017. Summary: The Bull Pen Cafe at 2310 Business Loop, open for 60 years prior to its closure in 2007, will be demolished. Salvage efforts will take place starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 25, 2017. Here’s a link to a July 20, 2008 Columbia Missourian article about the Bull Pen. The headline is, “Cafe irreplaceable to regulars.”
  • March 6, 2017 — Columbia’s most notable properties will be announced Tuesday/Unique properties await recognition, Columbia Missourian. Summary: The nominees for Columbia’s Most Notable Properties list included: 401 West Blvd., S.; 1415 University Ave., the former Phi Mu sorority house, 1506 University Ave., 1619 University Ave.; 1508 Ross St., the former home of Arthur and Annette Case. Annette helped to found the Columbia Art League and was one of the first women graduates of the Kansas State University Chemistry and Genetics Department, and Arthur helped found MU’s Dept. of Veterinary Medicine; 1003 Sunset Drive, former home of La La and Bernard Dean Walters, influential Columbia residents, and the house has a wooden floor made from leftovers from the old Columbia Propeller factory; 823 Crestland Ave., a house nicknamed the “Backward House,” because the front porch faces the backyard; and 17 and 19 on N. 5th St., the only remaining buildings from  historic Sharp End African-American business district.
  • March 5, 2017 — Concert to show off beauty of what organ is, could be, Columbia Tribune. Summary: Firestone-Baars Chapel organ performance meant to highlight the qualities of the 1950s Aeolian-Skinner organ. The organ needs $190,000 in renovations. The concert was by Haig Mardirosian. Firestone-Baars Chapel is on the campus of Stephens College.
  • Feb. 24, 2017 — Trial society to take former Tribune publisher to mock court, Columbia Daily Tribune, accessed Feb. 26, 2017. Summary: The Historical and Theatrical Trial Society of the University of Missouri Law School will hold a mock trial for Ed Watson, the editor and proprietor of the Columbia Daily Tribune in 1923, when James T. Scott was lynched. The article quotes Frank Bowman, an MU law professor, as saying, “The newspaper coverage from the Tribune all but calls for a lynching.”
  • Feb. 24, 2017 — A pdf of the April 28 1923 editorial by Ed Watson.
  • Feb. 20, 2017, Bond puts Mid-Missouri mansion on the market, Columbia Tribune: Summary: The home of former Sen. Kit Bond in Moberly, Missouri, is on the market. It was built in the 1930s by A.P. Green. A.P. Green “incorporated AP. Green Fire Brick Co. in 1915,” the article states. The company is now part of Harbison Walker International.
  • 2016
    • Winter 2016 — Digital Modernism, Preservation magazine. This article is about the Miller House in Columbus, Indiana. It was a collaboration of architect Eero Saarinen, who designed the Firestone-Baars Chapel, and “interior designer Alexander Girad, and landscape architect Dan Kiley,” according to this article. Take a peek to see if you can find a resemblance.
    • Nov. 10, 2016 — Board of Adjustment OKs repurposing Koonse Glass building, Columbia Missourian. Summary: The building at 300 N. Tenth St. (Park Avenue and Tenth Street), was given a variance on set-back requirements for the creation of a new entrance. The building is now owned by John Ott. It formerly housed Koonse Glass, a company founded in 1967, according to this article in the Columbia Business Times.
    • Nov. 3, 2016 — City officials delay zoning overhaul, ponder extension of student housing freeze, Columbia Tribune.
    • Oct. 8, 2016 — Root Cellar grocery relocating to old Koonse Glass building, Columbia Missourian. Summary: Grocery owned by Jake and Chelsea Davis will move to 300 N. Tenth St., building the fall of 2016. The article states, “The Davis’ chose the new location, once a feed and seed store, partly because of its history and their interest in historic preservation. The couple plans to use the larger space to host gardening and cooking classes and store more goods on site.”
    • Oct. 14, 2016 — Slowdown in nominations puts city notable property recognitions at risk, Columbia Missourian. Summary: Only one nomination to the Columbia Historic Preservation Commission has been received and there are only 50 more days to nominate properties. The deadline has been moved back to Nov. 25, 2016.
    • Oct. 6, 2016 —GEORGE KENNEDY: Repairing old wounds while another opens, Columbia Missourian. Summary: Notes past history and changes, notes recent racial incidents at MU between Delta Upsilon and members of the Legion of Black Collegians.
    • Oct. 1, 2016 — Not forgotten, Columbia Daily Tribune, p. 12A. Summary: A marker placed to mark where James Scott was lynched in April 1923, after being accused of rape. The marker is at Providence and Stewart roads, along the MKT trailhead.
    • Sept. 30, 2016 —New plaque memorializes 1923 lynching victim James T. Scott, Columbia Missourian. Summary: A marker will be placed to mark where James Scott was lynched in April 1923, after being accused of rape. The marker will be at Providence and Stewart roads, along the MKT trailhead.
    • Sept. 29, 2016 — Take a tour of ragtime pianist “Blind” Boone’s house, Columbia Missourian, Vox magazine. Summary: The artifacts inside the home of John William “Blind” Boone at 401 N. Fourth St.
    • Sept. 29, 2016 — Racial conflict resurfaces at MU, Columbia Missourian. Summary: MU’s Legion of Black Collegians were harassed with racial slurs at the MU fraternity Delta Upsilon.
    • Sept. 6, 2016 — Service set in stone, Columbia Daily Tribune. Summary: A historical marker has been placed to highlight the graves of the local men who served in the 68th U.S. Colored Troops Infantry. This article recounts where and how they served. According to this article, 459 black men from Boone County, Missouri, served in the Union Army.
    • Aug. 26, 2016 — A Fresh Memory of Sharp End, Columbia Business Times. This article by Brandon Hoops includes historic photos and the insights of Jim Whitt, Ed Tibbs, Lorenzo Lawson, Bill Thompson and Georgia Porter.
    • Aug. 28-29, 2016 — A somber centennial. Columbia Missourian. Reviews the history of the Hall Theatre, built in 1916, now vacant and owned by Stan Kroenke’s company, TKG Hall Theatre.
    • Aug. 24, 2016 — Columbia Downtown Leadership Council favors escalating fees for street, sidewalk closures. Columbia Missourian. Summary: Struggle to manage downtown apartment development continues.
    • Aug. 11, 2016 — Historical survey to be conducted for North-Central neighborhood. Columbia Missourian. Summary: The area bordered by Rogers Street, College Avenue, Ash Street, Walnut Street and Park Avenue will be surveyed. Information sheets will be created about the more than 220 structures in the area.
    • Aug. 9, 2016 — City to document history of North Central neighborhood. Columbia Daily Tribune. Summary: A surveyor will be hired to document an 85-acre area by May 26, 2017. The $20,000 project is funded from a Missouri Dept. of Natural Resources grant and $8,000 in city funds.
    • July 28, 2016 — Historic East Campus house demolished for new apartment building, this article outlines the demolition of the William T. Bayless house at 1316 Bass Ave. The house, the article notes was 100 years old and Bayless was a treasurer of Stephens College from 1905-1926.
    • July 27, 2016 — Crews work to remove rubble after Victorian-style house demolished, Columbia Missourian. Summary: Houses at 1312 and 1316 Bass Ave. were razed to make way for a 16-unit apartment building in the East Campus neighborhood.
    • June 28, 2016 — Sigma Nu comes down, Columbia Missourian. Summary: The fraternity house at 710 S. College Ave. is demolished. A new fraternity house will replace it.
    • June 17, 2016 — No injuries reported after car rashes into historic property, Columbia Tribune. Summary: A car hit the house at 121 West Blvd., but there was no structural damage.
    • June 17, 2016 — Renovations begin at Douglass High, Columbia Daily Tribune. Summary: The 100-year-old school at 310 N. Providence Road is under going $6.1 million in renovations. The work should be completed by August 2017.
    • May 23, 2016 — Construction of Hagan school in central Columbia delayed for second time, Columbia Daily Tribune. Summary: Despite the demolition of a house at 1404 E. Broadway and Stephens College’s Hillcrest Hall in 2013, this college preparatory academy has still not been built.
    • May 13, 2016 — Developer plans restaurant space at former Koonse Glass building, Columbia Tribune. Summary: John Ott plans to turn the building at 300 N. Tenth St., formerly occupied by Koonse Glass into a building with a cafe, art gallery or retail space.
    • May 6, 2016 — Developer seeks to demolish historic East Campus houses, Columbia Missourian. Summary: Two Victorian houses, 1312 Bass Ave., and 1316 Bass Ave., have had demolition permits applied for, according to this May 6, 2016 article in the Columbia Missourian.
    • April 19, 2016 — Plaque to mark site of last public lynching in Columbia, Missouri, Associated Press. Summary: Outlines forthcoming plaque to mark the death of James Scott, a victim of Columbia’s last public lynching.
    • April 7, 2016 —Second Missionary Baptist Church reflects o 150 years of rich history, Vox magazine of the Columbia Missourian. Summary: History of the church at Fourth and Broadway.
    • March 19, 2016 — Group begins salvage of historic downtown building, Columbia Tribune. Summary: 121 S. Tenth St., salvage project headed up by Pat Fowler of the Historic Preservation Commission.
    • March 17, 2016 — Preserving Maplewood: Original family furnishings add to the historical appeal, Columbia Missourian. Summary: Two story Lenoir house undergoing $182,400 in renovations, with the funds coming from the city of Columbia and the U.S. Dept. of Interior’s Historic Preservation Fund Grant. The house is 139 years old, it was built by Slater Ensor Lenoir and wife Margaret Bradford Lenoir. It was occupied by Lavinia Lenoir, their daughter, and her husband Frank G. Nifong.
    • March 2, 2016 — Law student starts petition to preserve historic downtown, The Maneater. Summary: Grace Shemwell, a second-year MU law student started a petition to save the James Condominium, the former Winn Hotel, at 121 S. Tenth St. While the petition with 2,636 signatures can’t save this building set for demolition, she plans to work with city officials to create zoning to protect historic buildings and incentivize affordable student housing.
    • to March 2, 2016 — Preservations scour hotel, apartment buildings for historic gems, Columbia Missourian. Summary: Efforts to remove features from the James Condominium or Winn Hotel at 121 S. Tenth St., prior to demolition set for later in March 2016.
    • March 2, 2016 — Group surveys historic downtown hotel before demolition, Columbia Daily Tribune. Summary: Documentation of items in and to be removed from the James Condominium or Winn Hotel at 121 S. Tenth St.
    • Feb. 16, 2016 — City Council approves replatting for Rise Apartments. Source: Columbia Missourian. Replatted the area on Tenth Street where James Apartments would eventually be demolished.
    • Feb. 16, 2016 — Let them rise, Columbia Missourian. Summary: Why and how the James Apartments at 121 S. Tenth St., and several other buildings will be demolished.
    • Feb. 13, 2016 — Program urges remembrance of lynching, Columbia Daily Tribune. Summary: MU’s Association of Black Graduate and Professional Students is raising funds for a historical for the place where James Scott, 35, a janitor at MU’s School of Medicine was lynched in 1923. The article reports on Keona Ervin’s talk, “Black Bodies Swinging: Lynching and Making of Modern America.” Scott was a WWI veteran, his wife Gertrude Carter was a teacher at Douglass School, they were members of Second Baptist Church and had a new car. Ervin’s talk said lynching were “highly stylized, ritualistic and public spectacles … a response to black political and economic assertion.”


    April 2015 — Flashback, Guitar Building, 22 N. Eighth St., Columbia Business Times.

    Guitar Building, 22 N. Eighth St., historic image and present image, highlighted in article the April 2015 edition of the Columbia Business Times, used with permission.
    Guitar Building, 22 N. Eighth St., historic image and present image, highlighted in an article the April 2015 edition of the Columbia Business Times, used with permission.

    Jan. 14, 2015 — “Blind” Boone focus of artistic performance at diversity celebration. Columbia Missourian.


    • November 2014 — Flashback: 720 E. Broadway, Columbia Business Times: Summary: In 2014, the bank at this address was Boone County National Bank. In 2015, it changed its name to Central Bank of Boone County. The bank began in 1857 with Moss Prewitt and his son-in-law R.B. Price and it was named Prewitt and Price. In 1863, it was named First National Bank of Columbia and in 1871 it was named Boone County National Bank, according to the November 2014 Columbia Business Times article. It was also the bank with Columbia’s first ATM in 1977. The third floor was added in 1986 and the fourth floor was added in 1991. The building’s first floor was renovated in 2012.
    • Sept. 14, 2014 — Smithton transitioned to Columbia. Source: Columbia Daily Tribune. Summary: A chronology of Smithton to Columbia including the founding of Boone County. The article states, “on Nov. 13, 1818, 35 shareholders of the Smithton Co. bought 2,720 acres just west of Cedar Creek, laid out a town near present-day Garth Avenue and Broadway, and named it Smithton; The Missouri Territorial Legislature created Boone County, with Cedar Creek as its eastern border, on Nov. 16, 1820. The Smithton Co. began to sell 384 lots east of Hinkson Creek and in May 1821 named the new town Columbia because they found springs in the area.”
    • August 2014 — Flashback: Brady Commons, Columbia Business Times. Summary: Brady Commons was the former student center. Opened in 1963, it was named for MU dean and history professor Thomas Allan Brady. According to this article in the Columbia Business Times, which quotes a Missouri Alumnus newsletter, it featured “innovations including color televisions, downstairs bowling alleys and a listening room in which students could play records.” The previous building that served the purpose of student center was the Memorial Student Union, which was built in 1921. But when MU’s student body increased to 15,000, MU “conferred with architectural firm Jamieson, Spearl, Hammond and Grolock and son had blueprints for the future Brady Commons,” the article states. Brady Commons was renovated in 1981 and a bookstore expansion took place in 1997, the article states.  The current student center opened in 2010 is simply known as the MU Student Center. The article notes the name Brady “attracted controversy in 2006 when a student group called Not My Brady called for it to be removed. According to this group, the building’s original namesake had been instrumental in enforcing segregationist and anti-gay policies over the course of his 37-year career at the university.”
    • July 11, 2014 —Historic Preservation Commission organizes downtown walking tours – Columbia Daily Tribune. The Historic Preservation Commission will hold free, historic tours at 7:30 p.m. on July 31, 2014, August 14, 2014, Sept. 18, 2014 and Oct. 30, 2014. Tours will meet at the City Hall “key,” on Broadway and Eighth Street.
    • July 10, 2014 — Richard King sells The Blue Note, Mojo’s — Columbia Daily Tribune.
    • July 9, 2014 — Richard King passes torch, sells The Blue Note, Mojo’s —  Columbia Missouri.
    • July 2014 — The Battle For Stewart Park — Inside Columbia magazine. Summary: History of Stewart Park and a bit about John Stewart.
    • June 17, 2014 — Aviation sign uncovered at Columbia demolition site — Summary: A sign, “Stephens College Aviation Department,” was found during city demolition of a building at Cosmos Park. Stephens College had an aviation department at the then Columbia Municipal Airport from 1941 until 1960. Stephens College Scene.
    • June 5, 2014 — More ‘historic’ Columbia properties demolished in 2013 — Summary: Numbers of demolitions of historic buildings increase: 60 in 2013, 43 in 2012, 34 in 2011. Columbia Daily Tribune.
    • April 27, 2014 — Mural project unites neighborhood — Summary: The Heibel-March building is now home to Grove Construction and volunteers finally finished a mural began in 2007, a project that faltered when the renovation of the 1910 building seemed to be at a standstill. Columbia Tribune.
    • April 2, 2014 — Former Fairview church among Most Notable Property honorees — Highlights the former church that now houses Countryside Nursery School, and notes Chapel Hill used to be the southern portion of West Boulevard, but was renamed due to its proximity to the church, which also gave its name to Fairview Road.
    • April 2, 2014 — Historic properties celebrated at 15th annual Most Notable event — This article by Andrew Denney Outlines a few facts for each of the five properties named to the Most Notable properties list by Columbia’s Historic Preservation Commission. The properties are: Fairview United Methodist Church at 1320 S. Fairview Road., Fairview Cemetery at Chapel Hill and Fairview Road, Francis Pike House at 1502 Anthony St., Bess and Dr. J.E. Thornton House at 905 S. Providence Road.
    • March 31, 2014 — City gets state grant to conduct historic preservation seminars — Workshops will be held for residents to learn about how to renovate their homes, including windows, paint and flooring. The workshops are funded by a Missouri Department of Natural Resources grant giving to the City of Columbia’s Historic Preservation Commission.
    • March 25, 2014 — Auditor says Missouri historic tax credits program too expensive — Missouri State Auditor Tom Schweich says less than half the of the $1.1 billion spent on historic tax credits is spent on projects. The rest is used when developers sell the credits to individuals or companies that use them to reduce their tax liability. Columbia Tribune.
    • March 17, 2014 — Columbia City Council agrees to fix brick roads, add more — Discusses approval of city agreement to uncover and restore brick streets. Includes link to information noting the cost of uncovering brick streets at about $100,000 per city block.
    • March 16, 2014 — Columbia City Council to vote on brick street — Outlines reasons and costs for uncovering, replacing Columbia’s brick streets. Notes asphalt streets last about 15 years, brick streets about 100. Notes brick streets are deteriorating because of poor foundations.
    • March 7, 2014 — Blind pianists’ duel was a sight to behold — Discusses the background of the “Blind Tom” Wiggins and J.W. “Blind” Boone historic piano duel, which was re-enacted on March 3, 2014 on Boone’s 1891 Chickering Grand at the Boone County Historical Society.
    • March 6, 2014 — Heibel-March Building to open after 16 years of vacancy.
    • March 5, 2014 — “The Battle of the Keys,” outlines the historic concert competition between J.W. “Blind” Boone and “Blind Tom” Wiggins. Boone’s former home is at 10 N. Fourth St.
    • Feb. 20, 2014 — City plans to complete interior restoration of ‘Blind’ Boone home this year. Columbia Tribune. The home of J.W. “Blind” Boone, a famous pianist, still needs interior restoration, which the City of Columbia plans to do.
    • Feb. 10, 2013 — If walls could talk — The history of the Niedermeyer Apartment building. Columbia Daily Tribune.
    • Feb. 3, 2014 —  Lee Elementary amount sites honored as Notable Properties — Columbia Tribune. Five buildings named to the Notable Properties List by Columbia’s Historic Preservation Commission. Those buildings are Fairview United Methodist Church, 1320 S. Fairview Road, Fairview Cemetery, Lee School, 1208 Locust St., Francis Pike House, 1502 Anthony, Bessie and Dr. J.E. Thornton House, 905 S. Providence.
    • Jan. 31, 2014 — Lost history: Fairview Cemetery reflects buried history — Columbia Missourian. This article highlights the Fairview Cemetery, one of the five sites named to the 2014 Notable Properties List by the Columbia Historic Preservation Commission. The other sites include Fairview United Methodist Church, 1320 S. Fairview Road, Lee School, 1208 Locust St., Francis Pike House, 1502 Anthony, Bessie and Dr. J.E. Thornton House, 905 S. Providence.
  • 2013
    • November 2013 — Columbia, The Beautiful by Morgan McCarty. Inside Columbia. Outlines the architectural finds in Columbia.
    • Sept. 19, 2013 — The downtown Panera Bread location will close at the end of 2013. The restaurant, Panera Bread, is the historic Hall Theatre at 102 S. Ninth St., will close at the end of 2013.
    • Sept. 13, 2013 — Safeguarding History, CAFNR News. Summary: This article outlines what has happened to the Guitar house, 2815 Oakland Gravel Road, since CAFNR employee Pat Westhoff and his wife Elena Vega bought the house. The house has apparently been wrongly referred to as Confederate Hill. The article includes excellent photos and information outlining evidence refuting David Guitar’s alleged service in the Confederate forces. The evidence includes this obituary published on Jan. 2, 1912 in the newspaper, the University Missourian.
    • June 25, 2013 — Old Stephens buildings to make way for academy soon. Columbia Daily Tribune: Summary: Demolition of Stephens’ Hillcrest Hall, two houses on Dorsey and at house 1404 E. Broadway, will be demolished to make way for the Hagan Scholarship Academy, a place planned as a college preparatory school for students from rural areas.
    • June 13, 2013 — In Student Housing, Luxuries Overshadow Studying, NYTimes. Summary: An article looking at the downtown student housing boom, with a comment expressing concern about the area being overbuilt, another statement about too many luxuries at the new housing, and one comment calling the new apartments “soulless” compared to the Niedermeyer Apartments.
    • June 2013 — The Hansel and Gretel House — There’s more to this home at 121 West Blvd North than meets the eye.
    • May 7, 2013 — Douglass classmates’ lives are intertwined with Columbia’s history. Columbia Missourian. Summary: Women who graduated from Douglass High School in 1960 still gather to reminisce. Those quoted include Barbra Horrell, Jo Ann Herndon, Evelyn Talton, Wynna Faye Elbert, Terese Lankford, Pat Tatum.
    • April 14, 2013 — Pianists house is an asset; City’s black history bigger than Boone — Author Doug Hunt argues in this opinion piece that the J.W. “Blind” Boone home at 10 N. Fourth St., should be saved to mark Boone’s success despite obstacles.
    • March 30, 2013 — Candidates give thoughts on “Blind” Boone home — Candidates for Columbia City Council and mayor offer opinions on whether the city should fund the completion of the renovation of the home of J.W. “Blind” Boone at 10 N. Fourth Street. The exterior of the house has been renovated, but inside requires roughly $500,000 in improvements. Columbia Daily Tribune.
    • March 28, 2013 — Missing Mansions. Some historic buildings escape the wrecking ball. Others aren’t so lucky — This article lists and describes six mansions that were razed in the past, including the home of Union General Odon Guitar and the 1843 home of J.L. Stephens, the namesake of Stephens College. Vox Magazine.
    • March 19, 2013 – Council questions Blind Boone home expenditure – A proposal by Columbia City Manager Mike Matthes to spend $475,000 of a city surplus to finish the restoration of the J.W. “Blind” Boone Home was strongly debated at a City Council meeting.
    • March 13, 2013 – Buyer plans to start with basic fixes – Nakhle Asmar, who recently purchased the 1837 Niedermeyer, outlines his plans to update and repair the Niedermeyer. Columbia Daily Tribune.
    • Feb. 20, 2013 — City surplus might fund Boone home restoration — Columbia Tribune. Columbia Mayor Bob McDavid proposed spending $500,000 of a city surplus of $1.9 million to finish restoration of the J.W. “Blind” Boone home at 10 N. Fourth Street.
    • Feb. 5, 2013 — Columbia’s 2013 Most Notable Properties — Properties named to Columbia Most Notable Properties list, including the Niedermeyer Apartments at 920 Cherry St. Columbia Missourian.
    • Feb. 5, 2013 — Commission to honor city’s notable properties: Six buildings to be recognized. Columbia Daily Tribune article.



    • Nov. 29, 2011 — Annie Fisher house torn down — Columbia Daily Tribune. The Annie Fisher house at 2911 Old Highway 63 South was demolished.
    • Nov. 8, 2011 — History, economics drive decisions on brick streets — Columbia Missourian. Debate on whether to pave Short Street with brick.
    • Oct. 23, 2011 — Plans for Heibel-March building stagnate — Columbia Tribune. Building at Rangeline and Wilkes Boulevard is still awaiting renovation. Several other plans to renovate the plans have fallen through.
    • Fall 2011 — Lighting the Way — Summary: Light lenses on store fronts and transoms provide multiplied lights. One example is at 812 E. Broadway. Missouri Resources, permission granted to use a reprint of this information.
    • August 25, 2011 — MU set to lease, operate Missouri Theatre, Columbia Daily Tribune. Agreement made to have University of Missouri lease the theatre at 201 S. Ninth Street.
    • August 11, 2011 — These Old Houses or Two houses preserve part of Columbia’s history. This Vox magazine article focuses on the John W. “Blind” Boone house at 10 N. Fourth St., and the Taylor House at 716 W. Broadway. The online version includes great pictures of both homes.


    • Dec. 2, 2010 — Lifesize gingerbread house for sale, ConnectMidMissouri.com/KRCG. http://www.connectmidmissouri.com/news/story.aspx?id=549106
    • Dec. 2010 — The Arch McCard house at Ash Street and West Boulevard is up for sale. Originally a two-room log cabin, it was built in 1911 and added onto later. It has been owned by Herb and Betty Brown since 1956, and now both have died.
    • Dec. 10, 2010 — Missouri Theatre: A history of volunteerism, Columbia Business Times.
    • Dec. 18, 2010 — Wes Wingate staking presence on East Walnut, Columbia Daily Tribune. This article outlines the renovation of 1020 E. Walnut St., and the business, Columbia Academy of Music, that will be opened there by Wes Wingate.
    • Dec. 30, 2010 —Historic Preservation Commission receives grant for study, Columbia Missourian.
    • Dec. 31, 2010 —State agency OKs grant for Columbia, Columbia Daily Tribune. Preliminary approval of a $12,000 state grant to the city of Columbia to study the economic effect of historic preservation.
    • Oct. 24, 2010 — History & haunts. Columbia Tribune. A walking tour given by the Columbia Historic Preservation Commission. Sites included Senior Hall at Stephens College and on the campus of the University of Missouri, the residence on Frances Quadrangle, Conley House , the Columns, and on Ninth Street, the Missouri Theatre.
    • Oct. 18, 2010 — Historic Guitar Mansion sold to surprised bidder, Oct. 18, 2010, Columbia Missourian.
    • Oct. 19, 2010 — Historic Guitar Mansion sold at auction for $155,000, Oct. 19, 2010, Columbia Daily Tribune.
    • October 2010 — The Guitar Mansion at 2815 Oakland Gravel Road was sold to new owners at auction for $155,500. The home had been valued at $499,000, but had been vacant for several years prior to this purchase.
    • Aug. 29, 2010 — Booches, Guitar Building rack up years downtown, about Guitar Building at 22 N. Eighth St., by Warren Dalton, Columbia Daily Tribune.
    • July 21, 2010 — Arts community shaken by Missouri Theatre closure. Columbia Missourian.
      Summary: Reaction from various art community members to the upcoming August and September 2010 closure of the Missouri Theatre, now the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts.
    • July 21, 2010 — After closure, uncertainty hangs over Missouri Theatre’s future. Columbia Missourian.
      Summary: Outlines upcoming closure of Missouri Theatre, now the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts. Includes photos of the grand reopening on May 21, 2008 with Tony Bennett and historic photos. Includes summary of theatre’s financial troubles.
    • July 21, 2010 — Staffers on job market after long uphill journey – Columbia Daily Tribune.
      Summary: The Missouri Theatre, now the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts, laid off the remaining staff members.
    • July 21, 2010 — Future unclear as theater shuts doors. Hiatus planned until September. – Columbia Daily Tribune. Summary: The Missouri Theatre, built in 1928, was renovated in 2008 for $10 million. Now called the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts, it still has a debt of $2.5 million and has been plagued by financial troubles. The MTCA will close in August and remain closed into September.
    • July 13, 2010 — Historic sites will go online. – Columbia Daily Tribune.
      Summary: An online map is in the works which will allow anyone to go online and learn all about Columbia’s 121 Notable Properties and 33 properties and areas on the National Register of Historic Places. The project is being funded by a $3,660 grant from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, with a $2,440 local match. Completion date is scheduled for November 2011.
    • July 7, 2010 — Future of Missouri Theatre uncertain. Columbia Daily Tribune.
      Summary: Column by Bill Clark outlines the troubles the Missouri Theatre, now Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts, faces, including the CEO Eric Staley stepping down as of July 31, 2010.
    • July 2, 2010 — Theater chief to resign after 10 months on job. Columbia Daily Tribune.
      Summary: Eric Staley, CEO of the Missouri Theatre, now named Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts, plans to step down as of July 31, 2010. Says he’s proud of raising $500,000 in his 10 months, and criticizes the structure of the organization.
    • Feb. 19, 2010, Notable Properties: Historic Renovation Boosts Community Commerce, Columbia Business Times. This article outlines the commercial, economic benefits of historic renovation. Includes comments from one of the first commercial buildings to be named a Most Notable Property by the Columbia Historic Preservation Commission. The business owner, Richard King, operates The Blue Note, a thriving live music venue in an old historic theatre. The article includes a list of commercial properties on the Notable Properties List.
    • June 25, 2010 — Capturing Columbia’s Cinema Century— Columbia Business Times.
      Summary: Outlines the history of movie theatres in Columbia and in the nation. Includes extensive timeline.
    • June 23, 2010 — Upcoming ruling pivotal to Missouri Theatre’s finances, future. Columbia Missourian.
      Summary: Outline of the financial troubles facing the Missouri Theatre, now the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts.  The information notes the upcoming August 31 arbitration ruling on a $400,000 in dispute with Huebert Builders stemming from the 2008 $10 million restoration.
    • March 15, 2010, State review board approves historical district on West Broadway, Columbia Missourian.
      Summary: The application for a West Broadway Historic District being named to the National Register of Historic Places was approved by the Missouri Advisory Council on Historic Preservation.
    • Feb. 3, 2010 — Bricks, graves given “most notable” status. Columbia Daily Tribune. Summary: Five properties named to most notable properties list. The properties are Stephens Stables, 203 Old Highway 63, 211 Bingham Road, Berry Building at Walnut and Orr Streets, Columbia’s brick streets, Jewell Cemetery and Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity, 809 S. Providence Road.
    • Feb. 2, 2010 – Historic Preservation Commission names 7 ‘most notable’ properties – Columbia Missourian.
    • Jan. 13, 2010, Historical houses offer glimpse of Columbia’s past, Columbia Missourian.
      Summary: Application submitted for National Register of Historic Places designation for West Broadway Historic District, 300-922 Broadway, except 80, 808, 812.


  • Oct. 14, 2009 – Boone home inches closer to new life – Columbia Daily Tribune
  • Sept. 20, 2009 — Zoning issue sets preservationists on edge — The owners of the More-Bowling home on property adjacent to the Municipal Power plant have asked for it to be rezoned to M-1 zoning. Brian Treece, member of Columbia’s Historic Preservation Commission notes the home and property is eligible for the National Register of Historic Places, noting its “cumulative history.”
  • Aug. 15, 2009 — Apartments to fit in with Missouri Manor site — Columbia Daily Tribune. Missouri Manor Apartments LLC, Travis McGee, Tom Mendenhall, Gary Evans and Paul Humphrey, plan to add apartments and make the manor fit into it. References Tara Apartments which were built around the Rockhurst home.
  • April 2, 2009 — New student center name debate dredges up Brady’s past, The Maneater. Summary: This article provides context to statements that Thomas Allan Brady was homophobic and racist. It reports that statements attributed to him were him quoting another person and another statement referenced the fact that in 1947 MU was legally segregated and in 1949 and during Brady’s entire lifetime, homosexuality was illegal by law in Missouri.
  • 2008
  • Summer 2008 — Honoring historic homes — Mizzou, magazine of the Mizzou Alumni Association. Summary: Spotlights homes named to 2006 Columbia Notable Properties which have MU ties. These houses are 211 Westwood Ave., 509 Thilly Ave., 511 Westwood Ave., 2011 N. Country Club Drive, 2007 S. Country Club Drive.
  • March 8, 2008 — Apartments honored for long-standing service — Columbia Missourian. Summary: The Belvedere and Beverly apartment buildings, 206 Hitt St., and 211 Hitt St., respectively and  named to the Columbia Notable Properties List.
  • Feb. 7 2008 — Honoring historic places — Columbia Tribune. Summary: Columbia Historic Commission names Notable Properties including The Belvedere at 206 Hit St., the Beverly at 211 Hitt St., 211 Westwood Ave., 214 St. Joseph St., 509 Thilly, 511 Westwood, Sacred Heart Catholic Church at 1115 Locust St., 2007 S. Country Club Drive, 2011 N. country Club Drive, 1601 Stoney Brook Place,
  • Jan. 26, 2008 — In historic Columbia, remembering family histories — Columbia Business Times. Summary: Columbia’s Historic Preservation Commission names Most Notable Properties: 1601 Stoney Brook Place, 206 Hitt St., 211 Hitt St., 214 St. Joseph St., 511 Westwood Ave., 211 Westwood Ave., 1115 Locust St., 2011 N. Country Club Drive, 2007 S. Country Club Drive, 509 Thilly Ave.
  • 2004August 8, 2004. Visions of the past. Columbia Daily Tribune.
    Summary: The Guitar House (Guitar Mansion, 2815 Oakland Gravel Road) becomes a bed and breakfast under the ownership of Noel and Mary Ann Crowson. Includes photographs of the restored home, historic photos of Odon Guitar, David Guitar and graphics on the additions to the home from 1859-1940.
  • May 5, 2004 — Group recognizes local landmarks — Columbia Historic Preservation Commission recognizes 12 properties: 202 S. Glenwood, Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity House at 24 E. Stewart Road, The Heidman House at 709 Broadway, Thomas Hart Bento Elementary School at 1410 Hinkson Ave., Sally Flood house at 1620 Hinkson Ave., the house at 2 E. Stewart Road, the Keene School home at 4713 Brown Station Road, The Champlin House at 1312 W. Broadway, the Arch McHarg (not McCard as reported in this article), at 121 West Blvd., The Wabash Arms Building at 821 Walnut St.
  • 2003
  • June 18, 2003 — List honors historic sites in Columbia — An article that lists 10 most noteworthy buildings, including Municipal Power Plant, 1501 Business Loop, 70 E., Ann Hawkins Gentry Building, 1 S. Seventh St., Jefferson Junior High School, 713 Rogers St., Hamilton-Brown Shoe Factory, 1123 Wilkes Blvd., Guitar Building, 18 N. Eighth St., McKinney Building, 411 E. Broadway, Robert Wolken residence, 703 Westmount Ave., Switzler Hall on Francis Quadrangle, Calvary Episcopal Church, 123 S. Ninth St., Fifth Street Christian Church, 401 N. Fifth St., Columbia Tribune. http://archive.columbiatribune.com/2003/jun/20030618news003.asp
  • May 8, 2003 — Legacy of a Lynching, Columbia Missourian. A five-part series on the 1923 lynching of James Scott.
  • Summer 1991 — The Lynching of James T. Scott: The Underside of a College Town, Gateway Heritage magazine, vol. 12, no. 1, Summer 1991. Copyright © by the Missouri Historical Society.


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