Areas, Brick streets, Resources - Reports

Map mania, gawkers welcome

Calling all history and map lovers! The city of Columbia offers more than nine pages of maps and visual information.

Take a peek and let me know what maps you found the most fun and informative.

You can take a look at a street map of Columbia’s brick streets, a map of Columbia’s historical properties and even download a post of street maps from 1955, 1978, 1989, 1999, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009.

Here’s how. I’ve created screenshots to show you how to find some of my favorite treasures of visual information.


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Events, Get involved

Got something to say?

Here’s an opportunity to share what you know.

Applicants to be speakers are being sought for the “Show Me Missouri: Conversations about Missouri’s Past, Present, and Future.” The deadline to apply is Sept. 1, 2018 and 30 speakers will be selected.

Why not you? It even pays: $200 per speech plus a possible $150 for each event and you’ll be expected to give four talks a year.

The request for applicants says speakers can be authors, lecturers, scholars or historians. That’s right. No requirement for academic degrees.

The request for applicants comes from two nonprofits, the Missouri Humanities Council and The State Historical Society of Missouri

The only requirements are speakers should be willing to talk about “educational information related to Missouri’s culture, history, art,” and, “All proposals should focus on a topic related to the history, culture, geography, and/or people of Missouri.  Applicants may submit no more than two topics for consideration.”

The application provides samples of biographical information and a summary example of a proposal — with only three sentences. That’s right. Three sentences in the sample proposal.

You can do this.

Here’s the form. Got questions? Here’s who to contact. QUESTIONS? Call 816-802-6566 or email She writes back right away, too.

So do it. We need to hear from more than the usual suspects.


Canceled: Tonight’s meeting for CoMo200 Celebrate

Uh-oh. The meeting to work on planning the 2021 celebrations for Columbia’s 200th birthday has been cancelled. Too many task force members being away on vacation is being blamed.

The canceled meeting had been set for 7 p.m. July 25 in the Walton Building at 300 S. Providence Road.

You can still review what happened at the June 27, 2018 meeting by going to this link. It will take you to the agenda that has a link to a draft of the minutes of that meeting.

If you want to keep up with when the meetings are for this planning group — officially called the Mayor’s Task Force on Bicentennial Celebration Planning — here is a link to the city’s calendar that lists all the city’s meetings.


CoMo200, Events

Geek out at CoMo200 meeting July 25

Here’s your chance to get your geek on and see the inner workings of the task force set up to plan Columbia’s 200th birthday in 2021.

The meeting is set for 7 p.m. July 25 in the Walton Building at 300 S. Providence Road.

If you’re geeky like me, you’ll want to see what they’ve done already. This link will take you to the agenda with a link to a draft of the minutes for the June 27, 2018 meeting. That’s where you can see what the group is already working on. So much geeky fun!

So what am I inviting you to come and see? It is a meeting of the Mayor’s Task Force on Bicentennial Celebration Planning. Quite a mouthful, right?! But don’t worry — it’s fun, in a geeky way, and the public is always welcome!

Task force task smorse, don’t get too impressed. This is just a group, some appointed by Mayor Brian Treece and some folks who just like this kind of historic/geeky stuff (that’s me and a few others) who are gathering to collect input and ideas and to work with organizations to plan our city’s big birthday.


Areas, Historical Homes, Resources - Reports

A 1994 view of East Campus

On Monday, Columbia City Council OK’d the creation of a new East Campus neighborhood association. But on this website, I like to look into the past.

Here’s a report from February 1994 that will let you take a peek at the past in the East Campus area. The document includes a 1931 map of the area and an explanation of how the area grew.

Below is a link to coverage of the July 16, 2018 city council meeting.

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.

University of Missouri

Tree loss at MU’s historic Francis Quadrangle

Five pin oaks will be removed from MU’s main quadrangle. Here are three different reports on the loss of the trees. The trees are 60 years old, but should have lived until 80 to 100 years, but the soil and watering to support the grass led to the early death of the trees, according to the reports.

Don’t like MU spending money on trees instead of your favorite cause? The news release states the costs for the replacement of the trees will come from a special Mizzou Botanic Garden fundraising campaign. The trees will be replaced with native oak species.

Areas, Commercial Buildings, Tours

1978 look at Broadway, Seventh and Ninth streets

Miller Shoe Store, 800 East Broadway, courtesy the City of Columbia
800 E. Broadway in 2002. What was there before? A 1978 report will tell you. Photo courtesy the City of Columbia

Want to take a walk through the past? This 1978 historic survey report on Columbia’s buildings on Broadway, Seventh and Ninth streets and it reads like a walk through time, describing the buildings as they were in 1978 — and what they once looked like and what was there before then.

For example, the report on 720 E. Broadway, now Central Bank of Boone County, states the building once sported bronze doors.

The report goes on to state in 1889, the lot was home to a carriage factory and harness shop. Between 1889 and 1895, a three-story brick building on that spot housed “various smithys, groceries and lodge halls,” the report states. “In 1916 these two buildings were demolished for the present Boone County Bank.”

The report contains a page or two on each building on Broadway, some on Seventh and Ninth streets, pictures and citations to newspaper and other publications.

So download the report, print it out and if the weather ever cools down, take a walk through the past and try to see what was once there and what’s left behind.