Led by Missouri Jones, explorer extraordinaire, and his
trusty sidekicks, this latest release from Pebble Publishing offers a
treasure-trove of Mid-Missouri explorations. For newcomers to Columbia,
university students and even life-long residents who feel they’ve "been
there, done that," Missouri Jones offers page after page of new adventures
close at hand. This comprehensive book highlights several seasons’ worth of
fun things to do in Columbia, Mid-Missouri, and beyond.
"Mid-Missouri is such a diverse area," said co-author
Brett Dufur. "I think of this book as a history book with directions. Not
only does this book offer the traveler a real intimate insight into great
outdoor fun things to do, like hiking, biking, etc., but it also creates a
deeper understanding of Mid-Missouri’s history, heritage and rich past. It
all comes to light when you get out on those great back roads to explore new
places and meet new faces."
Readers will find a variety of communities featured, and
what to do once they get there. From touring Glasgow—and learning it’s on
the sharpest bend in the Missouri River, to a tour of Crane’s Store where
Native American artifacts share shelf space with Carhartts, this book proves
there’s never a dull moment with so much adventure in store.
This 224-page book is profusely illustrated, and offers
superb photographs that help you pick your day’s outing. It is organized
into easy-to-use sections for every season no matter what the weather, such
as "Indoor Fun Things To Do", "Parks & Recreation," "Museums", "A Gaggle of
Galleries", "Touring the University of Missouri Campus" and much more.
"A unique thing about Columbia is oftentimes people plop
down here to go to college from afar--coming from another state or even
another country. Oftentimes they don’t have a clue what lies beyond the M.U.
campus. This book is an effort to get them plugged into the larger
community," Dufur said.
Launched as a result of a popular previous book effort,
entitled "99 Fun Things to do in Columbia & Boone County," in 1996, this
book is loaded with activities for people of all ages and interests—many are
family-friendly, from painting your own pottery to watching live theatre
under the evening sky, or telling you where you can go to look through
"I could never have imagined that we’d still have people
calling for that book," Dufur said. "It proved to me that there really was a
need for this sort of book. We decided to expand the focus of the book
because these numerous small towns that dot the countryside in Mid-Missouri
are really what give this area such a distinctive character." This
Rocheport-based publisher has long focused on Missouri guide books. "It was
great to write about our own backyard." Who better to write about
Mid-Missouri than an experienced Mid-Missouri author and publisher?
Parks & Recreation – Columbia State Parks, National Parks
& Conservation Areas
Indoor Fun Things To Do • Gaggle of Galleries • Museums
University of Missouri Campus
Around the Bend (Eastern, Northern, Southern, & Western
Boone County and Beyond)