Easy come, easy go?

It’s hard for me to imagine building a lake, but apparently it wasn’t for E.C. More.

This newspaper article outlines how E.C. (Elawson Carry) More built a lake in the late 1800s that today has been drained so the coal ash dumped in it can be removed and taken to the landfill. The lake is near Business Loop 70 East, Ashley and Bowling streets, and Lake Avenue.

The article includes a historic document outlining Columbia’s up and down efforts to create its own Municipal Power Plant and provide water and electricity to the city.

It will take about 13,000 dump truck loads to remove the ash, according to calculations made by Columbia Mayor Brian Treece, the article notes. This makes me wonder how More built the lake back when there were no dump trucks.

For now, here’s an article that provides history and context about a lake that once was and perhaps might be again.

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 land fill. 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 The piece includes this link to a historical document about Columbia’s power and water developments.

Fish, Eugene Field and a spring named Rollins

Got a damp spot in your yard? I do and I often wonder if it is a spring.

Perhaps it’s a historic site. There’s a spring now marked in an fairly obscure spot at Providence Road and Mick Deaver Drive and it’s mentioned in a 1991 article by Frances Pike of the Columbia Daily Tribune. He wrote a series titled, “Whatever happened to …” and on July 28, 1991, the topic was Rollins Spring.

Pike outlined the history of the spring which was on land owned by James Rollins who sold to the University of Missouri in 1870 for the agriculture farm. What? Never heard of the agriculture farm or the spring? That’s because the spring is no longer a popular spot for college students to hang out and today is little spot off a trail on the other side of the road from Research Park.  To save it from obscurity, in 2011, it was cleaned up and planted with native Missouri plans and dedicated to Missouri athletes. Take a peek at an outline of its history here.

The information from the site of the Mizzou Botanic Garden notes that at one time area was fenced off for an experiment in pasturing cows, but the students who loved to gather there for a picnic beat down the fence and let those cows escape, ruining the experiment.

In frustration, the agriculture dean tried to fill in the spring. Twice. He gave up.

But the history of that spring’s treachery involves more than that. In 1879, there were plans to turn it into a fish hatchery. Except when officials came to inspect the area, the spring ran dry. The plans were scuttled and in a few days the spring was running again.

The spring has another claim to fame as well. The 1991 Pike article quotes a poem by Eugene Field, of Little Boy Blue and Wynken, Blynken and Nod fame. Field attended the University of Missouri in 1869, and like Brad Pitt, he did not graduate from the university. Instead, he went on to fame as a poet and a journalist. The poem he wrote about Rollins Spring refers to the flow there as “Adam’s ale … From the spring they say will never fail.”

So we’re lucky the dean was unsuccessful in filling in the spring, because that probably saved this history from getting lost, but sometimes I wonder if that place that wet spot in yard is a spring … or a historic site.

Previous Annual Most Notable Properties

Here’s a review of past years’ Most Notable Properties named by Columbia’s Historic Preservation Commission.

An event presenting this year’s properties was postponed from Feb. 1 until Feb. 16, due to the blizzard, but you can review past lists via these links.

http://www.columbiamissourian.com/stories/2010/02/02/seven-properties-town-named-most-notable-year/

http://www.gocolumbiamo.com/TCC/Video/Archive/video.php?video=145

http://www.gocolumbiamo.com/TCC/Video/Archive/video.php?video=87

 

Historic Gala Postponed to Feb. 16, 2011

A new date, Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011 has been set for the Most Notable Properties gala, an annual event by the City of Columbia’s Historic Preservation Commission.

The gala will be held the Daniel Boone Regional Library Friends Room.

This Columbia, Missouri, event is when the Historic Preservation Commission announces and gives a presentation on this year’s Most Notable Properties. In the past, notable properties have included commercial buildings, churches, cemeteries and homes in Columbia.

The event had been planned for tonight, Feb. 1, but a blizzard has led to it being postponed.

You can review previous years’ events via these links.

http://www.columbiamissourian.com/stories/2010/02/02/seven-properties-town-named-most-notable-year/

http://www.gocolumbiamo.com/TCC/Video/Archive/video.php?video=145

http://www.gocolumbiamo.com/TCC/Video/Archive/video.php?video=87

 

Preservation, housing linked

Historic preservation is about economics and development, not just the aesthetics or history.

The White House on its Remake America Now website, announced three appointments to the Advisory Council of Historic Preservation. Two of the three people added to this Council have experience with providing affordable housing.

Clearly the Administration recognizes the economic importance of historic preservation.

Read more about the appointees and their past efforts to provide housing while preserving historic buildings.

Here’s the link:

http://remakeamericanow.org/2011/01/president-obama-announces-more-key-administration-posts-21/

Funds for study of economic impact of historic preservation

Dec. 31, 2009 — State agency OKs grant for Columbia, Columbia Daily Tribune.

This article outlines the preliminary approval for a $12,000 grant from the state to Columbia to study the economic effect of historic preservation.

Why is this important? Some historic preservation is done with the aid of tax credits and there has been some discussion of cutting such programs. So it is important to know how historic preservation projects effect the economy.

2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 2,600 times in 2010. That’s about 6 full 747s.

 

In 2010, there were 45 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 38 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 148mb. That’s about 3 pictures per month.

The busiest day of the year was October 20th with 68 views. The most popular post that day was See Historic Home Online – Guitar Mansion/Confederate Hill.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were facebook.com, en.wordpress.com, mystufie.co.cc, digg.com, and slashingtongue.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for confederate hill columbia mo, historic guitar mansion, guitar mansion columbia mo, 2815 oakland gravel road, and guitar mansion.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

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See Historic Home Online – Guitar Mansion/Confederate Hill July 2010

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Homes February 2010

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2815 Oakland Gravel Road – Guitar Mansion/Confederate Hill July 2010
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Opportunity or Trajedy? Guitar Mansion/Confederate Hill August 2010

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National Register March 2010