Downtown walking tours explore Columbia's history

Thursday, August 21, 2014 | 6:00 a.m. CDT; updated 6:50 a.m. CDT, Thursday, August 21, 2014
A crowd gathers outside the Doubletree Hotel in downtown Columbia during the Twilight Walking Tour on July 31.

COLUMBIA — Free evening walking tours are scheduled once a month through October to showcase the history of downtown Columbia.

Each tour has a different theme, from brick streets to places of worship to haunted houses. The first walking tour, "An Engineer’s Guide to Brick Streets," took place on July 31. The second, "The Historic Hotels and Theaters," took place Aug. 14.

The remaining tours are:

  • "Architecture of Downtown Places of Worship" on Sept. 18;
  • "Ghosts and Other Scary Tales" on Oct. 30.

Each tour starts promptly at 7 p.m. and leaves from the City Hall key at 701 E. Broadway, near Eighth Street and Broadway. Tours last approximately an hour and 15 minutes.

The Historic Preservation Commission advises participants to wear comfortable clothes and walking shoes.

City Planner Rachel Bacon, staff liaison to the Historic Preservation Commission, said walking tours are nothing new for the commission.In 2012, a haunted house tour was held around Halloween and brought in more than 100 people.

Bacon said the walking tours would be free for all Columbia residents and require no reservations.

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