BLOG: New book guides readers through downtown Columbia's past

Thursday, July 22, 2010 | 1:03 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Nifong. Guitar. Gentry. Hickman. Rollins.

These are more than just names to Warren Dalton, 92, who recently co-authored "Historic Downtown Columbia." To him, they represent the maze and delight of Columbia's history. They are legacies, personalities and distant mirrors reflecting the city's past.

He spoke to a small gathering in the Friends Room at the Columbia Public Library yesterday evening about these names, all mentioned in his book.

"Historic Downtown Columbia" began when Dalton's friends suggested he translate his vast knowledge about historic Columbia into a media format.

He partnered up with David James, a retired MU professor of hotel management. James collected photographs of the antique buildings, helped with research and organized the layout of the book. Meanwhile, Dalton recalled stories about Columbia heavyweights and the streets they walked.

"We found that history was wrong, and I'm someone who wants to get to the bottom if I can," Dalton said.

Read the rest of the story at the Missourian Neighborhood News blog.

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