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Media Contact:
Michele Hall
Administrative Coordinator, Boone County Commission
Phone: (573) 886-4312

Boone County Commission Announces Dedication of Boone County Bicentennial Monument

August 3, 2021 – The Boone County Commission is pleased to announce the dedication of the Boone County Bicentennial Monument on Tuesday, August 10, 2021, at 11:30AM in front of the Boone County Courthouse, 705 E. Walnut, Columbia. The celebration is open to the public and will include remarks from representatives of the Boone County Commission, University of Missouri, the City of Columbia, and Hawthorn Bank, as well as Lieutenant Governor Mike Kehoe. It will conclude with a ribbon cutting by the Columbia Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors.

The monument commemorates Boone County’s 200-year history, from its organization on November 16, 1820, from a portion of Howard County, to the present.  Made possible by Hawthorn Bank, the monument recognizes both the county’s origins and that which makes it great today. In addition to historical information, the monument celebrates “the businesses, schools, civic groups, leaders, and families who make Boone County a unique, thriving and passionate community.” This monument; similar monuments recognizing the Bicentennials of Cole and Callaway County; and a separate monument celebrating the tri-county bicentennial for Boone, Callaway, and Cole Counties, which can be found at the Katy Trail trailhead just north of Jefferson City, were all created by the Missouri River Monument Co.

Over two years before Boone County’s official 200th “birthdate,” the Boone County Bicentennial Committee began making plans in early 2018 to create a memorable experience for all of Boone County. A variety of live productions, events and ceremonies were planned throughout the County, with a focus on sharing its many diverse facets. However, as 2020 became a year no one will forget, social gatherings were canceled, and plans were adapted. Throughout the spring and summer of 2021, the Bicentennial Committee has presented the communities within Boone County with their portion of a community-developed mural entitled “Treasures of Boone County.” Those murals hang in prominent locations throughout the county. Bicentennial Celebration videos were created to showcase Boone County and its vibrant history. For more information about Boone County’s Bicentennial Celebration and to view the videos, please visit