CoMo200, Events, News Roundup

News: Parking, protests and event space downtown

Here’s this week’s round-up of news items that touch on historic places and events. Let me know if I missed something. I keep an ongoing tally of news on the All Media Coverage page, and post items on Facebook at Comohistoricplaces. 

  • 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.
Black History, Boone County Bicentennial, CoMo200, Events, General, Get involved, National Register of Historic Places, Notable Properties List, University of Missouri

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  1. First, I keep up with and post any news and events related to history on the page “All Media Coverage.” That’s why this week’s list includes information on upcoming meetings to mark the Boone County bicentennial. All the news comes from reliable news outlets such as, the Columbia Daily Tribune or the Columbia Missourian.  Note, I’m a one-person show, so I’m not perfect. If you see something missing, send me a note or comment below. I’m a keen fan of crowd-sourced knowledge!
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Here’s this week’s news roundup. Enjoy!

  • 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 are 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.
CoMo200, Events

Catch up on CoMo 200 news

Celebrating Columbia’s founding got started on Nov. 11, 2018, marking the founding of Smithton. What’s Smithton and why are we celebrating it?

Smithton was Columbia’s predecessor.

  • It was founded in 1818 by the Smithton Co., which had 35 shareholders and purchased about 3,000 acres of land.
  • In 1821, the settlers decided to the Flat Branch for easier access to water and the name of the small, growing settlement was changed to Columbia.

On Nov. 11, 2018, Columbia gathered to celebrate the founding of Smithton. Here’s a collection of news coverage of the event.

CoMo200, Events, Get involved

CoMo200 website kicks off

The city’s upcoming 200th anniversary is for real now! A CoMo200 celebration is set for November 2018 (details to be announced soon) and Columbia’s CoMo200 website is live.

The site features a series of photographs and some information in the categories of History, Projects & Events, Get Involved, About and a search engine.

Here are some screenshots of the page:

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Columbia, Missouri was founded first as Smithton in 1818, then moved a few blocks west and renamed Columbia in 1821. Boone County was founded in 1820, according to the Boone County Government site.

Here is some recent coverage about the upcoming bicentennial celebrations.

    • 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.
    • March 8, 2018 — Celebrating two centuries worth of Columbia history, Columbia Missourian, Vox magazine. This includes a selective timeline of CoMo’s last 200 years.