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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Boone County, Missouri

Clickable Map of Boone County, Missouri and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Boone County, MO (43) Audrain County, MO (15) Callaway County, MO (39) Cole County, MO (56) Cooper County, MO (20) Howard County, MO (24) Moniteau County, MO (10) Randolph County, MO (4)  BooneCounty(43) Boone County (43)  AudrainCounty(15) Audrain County (15)  CallawayCounty(39) Callaway County (39)  ColeCounty(56) Cole County (56)  CooperCounty(20) Cooper County (20)  HowardCounty(24) Howard County (24)  MoniteauCounty(10) Moniteau County (10)  RandolphCounty(4) Randolph County (4)
Columbia is the county seat for Boone County
Adjacent to Boone County, Missouri
      Audrain County (15)  
      Callaway County (39)  
      Cole County (56)  
      Cooper County (20)  
      Howard County (24)  
      Moniteau County (10)  
      Randolph County (4)  
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1 Missouri, Boone County, Centralia — The Civil War in CentraliaMissouri's Civil War
A violent encounter between Southern partisan cavalry and Union forces occurred in and near Centralia on September 27, 1864. The Southern forces were irregular Confederate partisan rangers under the overall command of William "Bloody Bill” . . . Map (db m116878) HM
2 Missouri, Boone County, Columbia — "Make A Brighter Future"
The Sharp End was a thriving business district from 1910 - 1960. It disappeared through urban renewal and the use of eminent domain. John Lange Sr. and Annie Fisher were prominent business owners of a butcher shop and restaurant, . . . Map (db m169417) HM
3 Missouri, Boone County, Columbia — 3rd Street Market, Blue & White Café, and the Harvey House
From the 1930s through the 1960s, the two buildings located on the west side of 3rd Street between Pendleton & Switzler were a hub for family and commerce in Columbia's black community. A one-story, brick building housed the 3rd Street Market . . . Map (db m169472) HM
4 Missouri, Boone County, Columbia — African American Heritage Trail
Alvan B. Coleman (1897-1968) owned Coleman Coal and Salvage, Tiger Theater, Tiger Lounge and other real estate. His father, James B. Coleman, was principal at Douglass School; his mother Julia taught there. Until Urban Renewal, the family home . . . Map (db m169469) HM
5 Missouri, Boone County, Columbia — African-American HeritageFlat Branch Park
The Flat Branch has witnessed the accomplishments of Columbia's African-American community for generations. A free African-American, John Lange (later shortened to Lang), Sr., operated Columbia's first butcher shop in the public market from . . . Map (db m169422) HM
6 Missouri, Boone County, Columbia — African-American Heritage Trail
McKinney Building — Built in 1917 by Columbia black businessman Fred McKinney, the two-story building housed various businesses at street level. When completed, the building was heralded as "well finished" and praised for being among the first . . . Map (db m169431) HM
7 Missouri, Boone County, Columbia — African-American Heritage Trail
In the 1950s, businessman Alvan B. Coleman, with partners Edward and Ellis Tibbs, owned and operated the Tiger Theater at 109. N. Fifth Street. It was a theater for blacks by day and a nightclub at night. Their liquor store was in an adjacent . . . Map (db m169436) HM
8 Missouri, Boone County, Columbia — African-American Heritage Trail
Fifth Street Christian Church, founded as Second Christian Church, Disciples of Christ in 1861, is considered the first black church in the city. The first permanent church opened in 1879 at Seventh and Ash streets. With more than 200 . . . Map (db m169442) HM
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9 Missouri, Boone County, Columbia — African-American Heritage Trail
Nora Stewart School opened in 1933 as the Negro Nursery School at 401 Park Ave. J.B. Coleman, an educator, owned the house and knew working parents needed a place for their children during the day. The school moved to the St. Paul AME Church and . . . Map (db m169444) HM
10 Missouri, Boone County, Columbia — African-American Heritage Trail
Gravesites for blacks were initially segregated in the south-central end of Columbia Cemetery near its intersection of Boone Road and Todd Drive. Blacks buried in this section include famed ragtime pianist and composer J.W. "Blind" Boone and . . . Map (db m169446) HM
11 Missouri, Boone County, Columbia — African-American Heritage Trail
Trubie's Market, 115 N. Garth, was owned by Trubie (Edwards) Smith from the early 1940s to the mid-1960s. it was one of few neighborhood markets serving blacks and one of the few women-owned businesses in the city then. "Ms. Trubie," who was . . . Map (db m169462) HM
12 Missouri, Boone County, Columbia — African-American Heritage Trail
Doby Flats—Stephen Doby, born on a S. Carolina plantation in 1854, came to Columbia about 1915. He built/owned Doby Flats (residential buildings) nearby and other houses. Wiggins Medical Clinic—Doby's daughter Ruth, a legendary teacher at . . . Map (db m169465) HM
13 Missouri, Boone County, Columbia — African-American Heritage Trail
Henry Kirklin (1858-1938) was a prize-winning internationally acclaimed horticulturalist. Born a slave in Columbia, he was freed at age 5. At age 14, he worked at Joseph B. Douglass' nursery, learning from European gardeners. Later, as a . . . Map (db m169474) HM
14 Missouri, Boone County, Columbia — African-American Heritage Trailhead
The African-American Heritage Trail commemorates Columbia's blacks, their enterprises and churches from the city's first 200 years. The Trail honors people who overcame enormous odds to achieve outstanding legacies, some receiving national and . . . Map (db m169420) HM
15 Missouri, Boone County, Columbia — Annie Fisher's HouseAfrican-American Heritage Trail
Annie Fisher (1867-1938) was heralded nationally for her business success. One of 11 children born in present-day Columbia to former slaves Robert and Charlotte Knowles, Annie worked as a child rocking cradles for white families. She learned to . . . Map (db m169473) HM
16 Missouri, Boone County, Columbia — Beetle Bailey
Come sit with Beetle Bailey, Mizzou's famous comic-strip character created through the genius of Mort Walker, AB '48 Humanities. Beetle relaxes in the re-creation of a booth from the Shack, a hangout frequented by Walker during his student days. . . . Map (db m87609) HM
17 Missouri, Boone County, Columbia — Columbia
Columbia, "Educational Center of Missouri", originated in the town of Smithton, laid out by the Smithton land Company, 1819. By 1821, when the name was changed, the town was the seat of Boone Co., organized 1820, and named for Daniel Boone who died . . . Map (db m106358) HM
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18 Missouri, Boone County, Columbia — Columbia Cemetery
This cemetery contains the original six lots established in 1821 as the burial ground for the City of Columbia. Commemorated on the one hundred and seventy-fifth anniversary. Dedicated May 27, 1996 This property has been placed on the . . . Map (db m59457) HM
19 Missouri, Boone County, Columbia — CommerceFlat Branch Park
During the early stages of Columbia's development, the Smithton Company donated land for a "Market Square" to the Boone County Commissioners. South Fourth Street, known at the time as Water Street, was no doubt created for the traffic of numerous . . . Map (db m169424) HM
20 Missouri, Boone County, Columbia — Don Faurot / Faurot Field
Don Faurot 1902-1995 Football Coach 1935-42, 1946-56 Athletic Director 1935-67 Here stands the symbol of Ol' Mizzou, famed "Thin Man" from Mountain Grove, a boy who helped build this stadium and a football coach who filled it with . . . Map (db m59512) HM
21 Missouri, Boone County, Columbia — Douglass Park and Pool, Russell ChapelAfrican-American Heritage Trail
A city park in the black community was included in the official City of Columbia plans as early as 1935. For years, families had enjoyed outdoor summer activities at Douglass School, including baseball, softball, dances and picnics. Support for a . . . Map (db m169471) HM
22 Missouri, Boone County, Columbia — Early SettlementFlat Branch Park
The first settlers of present-day Boone County, Missouri were American Indians who arrived more than 11,000 years ago. Their descendants slowly evolved culturally, settling in communities where they engaged in agriculture and developed pottery. . . . Map (db m169425) HM
23 Missouri, Boone County, Columbia — George Clinton SwallowA.M., M.D., L.L.D. — 1817 - 1899 —
First Professor of Geology, Chemistry, Agriculture, and First Dean of The College of Agriculture University of Missouri. First State Geologist of Missouri.Map (db m59459) HM
24 Missouri, Boone County, Columbia — In Loving Memory of Mrs. Beulah Ralph
Community leader, mentor, and educator for 56 years with the Columbia Public School District. During this time she developed and directed the Home School Communicator Program. This program, Mrs. Ralph's contribution to Columbia's Civil Rights . . . Map (db m169470) HM
25 Missouri, Boone County, Columbia — In Memory of the United States Colored Troops of the Civil WarKnown to Be Buried in Columbia Cemetery
3rd Sgt. Alexander Campbell 11th Pvt. Rice W. Woods 13th Pvt. Geo. Washington • Pvt. Geo. M. Richardson 18th Pvt. Gabriel Smith • Pvt. Joseph Winn 46th Pvt. Jerry Morrison 54th Sgt. Talton Woods . . . Map (db m169461) WM
26 Missouri, Boone County, Columbia — James Shannon L.L.D.
In memory of James Shannon L.L.D. Born in Monaghan Co. Ireland April 23, 1799 Died Feb. 23, 1859 Second President, University of Missouri, Columbia, Mo. 1850-1856 Co-Founder of Christian College 1851 (Now Columbia College), . . . Map (db m59462) HM
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27 Missouri, Boone County, Columbia — Jewell Cemetery
Jewell Cemetery is located on what was originally the farm of George Jewell. George, his wife, and their children first moved from Virginia to Kentucky, then Franklin, Missouri, and finally Columbia in 1822. George, his son William, and . . . Map (db m59646) HM
28 Missouri, Boone County, Columbia — Lest We Forget: Lynching at the Stewart Road Bridge
Near this place James T. Scott, a Black janitor in the medical school at MU, was killed on April 29th, 1923. A mob brought Mr. Scott to the bridge, placed a noose around his neck, and pushed him over the railing while hundreds of spectators watched. . . . Map (db m169415) HM
29 Missouri, Boone County, Columbia — Memorial Union Tower
In grateful memory of these Heroic Sons of Missouri who in the Great War - 1917 - 1918 - paid the full measure of devotion [Roll of Honored Dead] Tipping of the Hats When the Memorial Union Tower was completed in 1926, . . . Map (db m59474) HM WM
30 Missouri, Boone County, Columbia — Missouri, Kansas & Texas Railroad Depot
June 30, 1909 The depot opens. November 19, 1976 Depot renovation completed. Katy Station Restaurant opens for business. January 29, 1979 Placement on the National Register of Historic Places May 2, 1979 Formal re dedication of . . . Map (db m169445) HM
31 Missouri, Boone County, Columbia — Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad YardDowntown Columbia, MO
[The marker features images from the MKT's history, as well as a map:]
A 1912 postcard view from East Broadway of the Katy's handsome Columbia passenger station. The impressive depot was built in 1909 and stands today. - Raymond B. . . . Map (db m169428) HM
32 Missouri, Boone County, Columbia — Operation Desert StormPersian Gulf War — 1990 - 1991 —
To the men who gave their lives, and the men and women who offered but, were spared. Patrick Kelly Connor • Steven Paul FarnenMap (db m169447) WM
33 Missouri, Boone County, Columbia — Sharp End
From the early 1900s to the 1960, the Sharp End business district was a city within a city for Columbia's black community. Stretching from Fifth to Sixth streets on both sides of Walnut Street. Sharp End was a robust business center with . . . Map (db m169437) HM
34 Missouri, Boone County, Columbia — Site of Columbia College
On this site stood Columbia College an institution of higher learning for men. First proposed in 1831, chartered by General Assembly in 1833, began its work in 1834. First session of University of Missouri held here in 1841. This college has been . . . Map (db m59463) HM
35 Missouri, Boone County, Columbia — The John William "Blind" Boone Home and the Second Missionary Baptist Church
During the early 20th century, the buildings at 4th and Broadway provided space where faith, music, and community converged. At 10 North 4th Street stands the home (c. 1890) of John William "Blind" Boone, a composer and concert pianist. His manager, . . . Map (db m169432) HM
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36 Missouri, Boone County, Columbia — The Mel Carnahan QuadrangleHonoring Leadership in Public Service
Dedicated September 12, 2003, in honor of Mel Carnahan, Missouri's 51st Governor and alumnus of the University of Missouri. From his days as a law student at MU to his leadership as Governor of Missouri from 1993 - 2000, Mel Carnahan served his . . . Map (db m87607) HM
37 Missouri, Boone County, Columbia — The Wynna Faye Tapp-Elbert Memorial AmphitheaterIn Celebration of her life and Achievements in the City of Columbia — October 2, 1944 - February 9, 2014 —
Wynna Faye Tapp-Elbert was an extremely and well-respected citizen of Columbia. As a wholehearted member of various organizations, Wynna Faye worked tirelessly as a community activist to better the community for the youth, the African-American . . . Map (db m169466) HM
38 Missouri, Boone County, Columbia — Tibbs BuildingAfrican American Heritage Trail
Tibbs Building — Built about 1940 at 17/19 Fifth St., the building housed Vess Bottling Co. Around 1960, Urban Renewal began displacing numerous black-owned businesses nearby. One of few to escape demolition, the building was purchased in 1962 . . . Map (db m169435) HM
39 Missouri, Boone County, Columbia — TransportationFlat Branch Park
During Columbia's formative years, the Flat Branch Creek area served as a crossroads for two important travel routes — the Booneslick Trail and the Providence Plank Road. Beginning in the early 1800s the Booneslick Trail was a passageway for . . . Map (db m169427) HM
40 Missouri, Boone County, Rocheport — Edward D. "Ted" and Pat Jones
Katy Trail State Park is one of Missouri's premier attractions, drawing about 400,000 visitors from across the United States and other countries. Stretching 225 miles from St. Charles in the east to Clinton in the west, the trail is the longest . . . Map (db m46383) HM
41 Missouri, Boone County, Rocheport — History of Rocheport
1804... Land Before the Town Prior to its settlement, American Indians used the area we now call Rocheport. The closeness to the river, fertile soils, both salt and freshwater springs, and the protection given by the huge bluffs, rock . . . Map (db m46345) HM
42 Missouri, Boone County, Rocheport — Katy Trail State Park 20th Anniversary1990 - 2010
From its inception and throughout its 20-year history, Katy Trail State Park has been one of the most successful rails-to-trail conversions projects in the United States. As the longest developed rail-trail in the United States, it has been . . . Map (db m46403) HM
43 Missouri, Boone County, Rocheport — Steamboating on the Missouri
First Steamboats Early steamboat trips on the Missouri River tested boats, crews and passengers. Between 1820 and 1900, several hundred steamboats on the Missouri were destroyed by fire or boiler explosions, crushed by ice, or sunk by snags. . . . Map (db m46353) HM
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Dec. 1, 2023