CoMo You Know

Truman Memorial Veteran honors prisoners of war during World War II

World War II veteran Ralph Kalberloh recalls his experience as a prisoner of war in Germany almost 70 years ago.

Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ Festival is coming back to Columbia

The annual music festival and barbecue contest is scheduled for Sept. 21-22 in downtown Columbia.

CoMo You Know: University of Missouri Press

The University of Missouri Press, which was established in 1958, will be phased out this year due to a budget deficit.

COMO YOU KNOW: John William "Blind" Boone

John William "Blind" Boone, who died in 1927, was a famous ragtime pianist who became one of the first African-American musicians to be recorded by the QRS piano roll company.

COMO YOU KNOW: Columbia Farmers' Market

The Columbia Farmers' Market is a producer-only market at the city’s Activity and Recreation Center. The market currently has more than 90 vendors from within a radius of 55 miles who sell produce, crafts, plants and more.

COMO YOU KNOW: Boone County Farmers Market

The Boone County Farmers Market is located in the parking lot of the Sanford-Kimpton Building, 1005 W. Worley St. All produce is grown by farmers from Boone and surrounding counties. The market accepts debit and EBT cards.

COMO YOU KNOW: Activity and Recreation Center

The ARC is a 73,000 square foot health club, fitness center and place to exercise run by Columbia Parks and Recreation.

COMO YOU KNOW: Tax-increment financing

Tax-increment financing was authorized by the Columbia City Council in March 2008 as an incentive for development or improvement projects that eliminate blight and create jobs.



KOMU is an NBC affiliate television station in Columbia. The station serves as a teaching lab for Missouri School of Journalism students.

COMO YOU KNOW: Central Missouri Dream Factory

The Central Missouri Dream Factory is a chapter of The Dream Factory Inc., a national organization that raises funds and use them to grant dreams of local children who suffer from critical or chronic illness.


Dan Devine served as head football coach for Arizona State University, the University of Missouri, the NFL's Green Bay Packers and the University of Notre Dame. Devine was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1985.

COMO YOU KNOW: Mizzou Arena

The $75 million facility opened in 2004. It hosts Missouri men's and women's basketball games as well as concerts and other events. Capacity is 15,061.

COMO YOU KNOW: Shanthi Mandir Hindu Temple

The temple focuses on bringing together the community by opening its doors to all sects of Hinduism.

COMO YOU KNOW: Columbia Municipal Power Plant

The publicly owned power plant is operated by the city to provide not-for-profit electric service by burning coal, gas and oil.

COMO YOU KNOW: Alpha Delta Pi

The Alpha Gamma chapter of the Alpha Delta Pi sorority was founded at MU in 1915. The sorority recognizes the Ronald McDonald House as its oficial philanthropy.


The 63 Diner, which opened in 1989, is known around Columbia for its old-fashioned cheeseburgers, french fries and malts.

COMO YOU KNOW: Shryocks' Corn Maze

Shyrocks' Corn Maze is an annual fall activity on the Shyrocks Callaway Farm that invites visitors to explore all 15 acres of corn maze, which is mowed into a new design each year.

COMO YOU KNOW: University Concert Series

The University Concert Series brings a variety of entertainers from around the world to Jesse Auditorium, where the public can enjoy their performances.

COMO YOU KNOW: Islamic School of Columbia

The Islamic School of Columbia opened in 1998 and operates under a two-class system with its students, dividing them by grades.

COMO YOU KNOW: Alumni Association Student Board

The board consists of representatives from MU and the Mizzou Alumni Association.