COLUMBIA — “No Trespassing” signs and wire fence border either side of Old Plank Road as the narrow strip of pavement crosses Katy Trail State Park and stops at a small boat ramp at Perche Creek about a half-mile inland from the Missouri River. A lone, red-brick chimney, battered by time, reminds passers-by that something more was there once.
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