Cole, Boone & Callaway Counties kickoff Bicentennial Celebration by unveiling new historical marker

Historian Bob Priddy addresses the crowd at Monday's Bicentennial Kickoff Celebration.

Photo courtesy of Jefferson City News Tribune/Julie Smith

County officials from Cole, Boone, and Callaway counties gather in North Jefferson City to kick off the state’s 200th anniversary.

The Jefferson City News Tribune reports Monday’s kickoff of next-year’s bicentennial celebration for Missouri marked the actual anniversary of the day Cole and Boone counties came into creation, followed by Callaway County nine days later.

Yesterday’s kickoff included the dedication of a new marker at the Katy Trail, commemorating the anniversary of all three counties.  The marker has three sides, with each side facing the county it represents.  Presiding Commissioners from all three counties presented Governor Mike Parson with a 24-star U.S. flag as a symbol to mark the celebration’s kickoff. 

The Tribune reports local historian Bob Priddy challenged the crowd to not only celebrate the past but to look to the future.  Priddy urged the crowd to consider the state’s tricentennial, asking them to think about what we’ll do as a state in the next 100 years and what impact that will have on future generations.