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ROAD TRIPPIN' Columbia: Historic Jewels
COLUMBIA, MO (CBS2/FOX28) - The towering columns still standing on the edge of the Mizzou campus after a devestating 1892 fire create one of the most iconic university scenes in the country, the majestic sweeping views of the Missouri River are gorgeous amid the bluffs and the wine from sweet homegrown grapes is repeatedly judged among the best in the country. If that isn't enough to get you to gas up the family car for a short drive south, Columbia is a place where the shimmering yellow and orange Maples stretch the fall season well into November. In this town steeped in history, many begin their travel adventure at the Boone County Historical Society Museum and Galleries. Current displays salute main street in this college town built around the University of Missouri and its Tiger traditions. Here you can relive the days when horses and Model-T autos shared the dusty roads. You can also learn the story of the original Horse Whisperer and experience a Star Trek connection with a championship saddle awarded to a local rider by expert horseman William Shatner. Just outside the museum doors, visitors can wander through the remarkable contrast in early living. An 1818 log cabin is the oldest building in town and looks it, while a grand mansion filled with period antiques shows how the other half lived. A favorite with kids is the old country store where many suddenly realize this was the Walmart, Target, Hy Vee and Walgreens of the day, all in about a 40 x 15 foot space. Boone County is filled with living history and is a place worthy of the travel time to enjoy it all.