From bottled water to bicycles
When Don Meyer opened J&D Bicycle Shop 38 years ago, Jefferson Street was a bustling traffic artery, lined with commercial business.
Probably quite a grand perk to the job of county sheriff in the 1930s, the two-story limestone home was built adjacent to his workplace. The Cole County Sheriff’s House was built equal to other prominent homes of the era, like along Moreau Heights, said jail superintendent Russ Bemboom. And the wives often served as cooks for the Cole County jail.
What might Jefferson City storefront owners or those living in the rooms above have seen in the early 1860s, when the combination building at 111-113 E. High St. is thought to have been built?
Building an enduring legacy
The large sign on Whitton Expressway has come to be a community symbol. And this week, the Cops on Top fundraiser for Special Olympics Missouri showed how the site also has created traditions.
Not very old but unique
Across the downtown skyline, only the Capitol stands taller than the Doubletree Hotel by Hilton — Jefferson City.
Landmark home of Civil War veteran and physician
As redevelopment of the Missouri State Penitentiary grows in momentum, so the Jefferson City neighborhood surrounding it will see revitalization too. But this is not the first time the neighborhood has seen a facelift.
Already a city Landmark winner, Housing Unit 1 has been nominated for the National Register of Historic Places
The design of a premier architect of the time, Housing Unit 1 is an ominous structure for all who look upon the gateway building to the Missouri State Penitentiary.
When the Jefferson City High School alma mater refers to “... The Red and Black will always wave over JC, JC ...,” it may not be repetition for musical affect.
On the move
With ties to agriculture through early German immigrants and to national history through a Civil War battle that almost was, the Wallendorf Log Home certainly is a historic city Landmark.
An exotic escape once grew along Moreau Drive, hidden in a sunken garden behind the century-old home built by William and Katheryn Mueller.
John Nieghorn left his home in Bavaria to settle in Mid-Missouri in the mid-1840s. The tailor took up farming when he married a local lady, Anna Schubert.
Washington Park Arts building, a recent recipient of Landmark status, lets families chase their artistic dreams
Building a true work of art
When the Jefferson City Host Lions Club sponsored the Works Progress Administration to build a limestone pavilion at Washington Park, it was a place for families to picnic and an improvement to the city’s parks system.
Young artists, writers honored for works
Family homes, an original fixture to a neighborhood business district, correctional facilities and a Works Projects Administration project have been included in the city’s list of local historic Landmarks.
Jefferson City’s Historic Preservation Commission recently has recognized four buildings as City Landmarks.
Straight lines of 24-inch tall white stones roll over the two acres of freshly-planted green grass at the Jefferson City National Cemetery.
Inside ‘THE WALL’
Many a prison officer sat alone and without distraction for long shifts in the towers at the Missouri State Penitentiary.
A timeless treasure
A home can be a gift. For John Sommerer and his wife, Lillian, when they built 2023 W. Main St., it was their dream home in which they reared children and helped rear grandchildren and a place from which they served the community.
Generations of Jefferson Citians have found camaraderie and libation at the corner of 700 W. Main St.
The United State Post Office at 131-133 W. High St. has been a hub of activity since it opened in 1934, moving across the street from another beautiful building constructed 45 years earlier.
Generosity, community and family have been trademarks of the house that is now outlined by white Christmas lights on the St. Mary’s Boulevard hillside.