A New and Improved
SCOTT BOULEVARD HISTORY
Written by Bill Crawford (former member of the Columbia Historic Preservation Commission)
Robert Evans Scott was born in Orange County, New York on Nov. 20, 1809. His parents moved to Monongahela, Pennsylvania when he was two. His father died when Robert was nine. In 1833, Robert went to Ligonier, Pennsylvania, where he undertook the occupation of millwright (building watermills and windmills). Following his trade, he moved to Virginia, and then in 1839 to Missouri. He stayed a short time in St. Louis, and then moved to Cooper County. In 1840, he moved to Boone County and settled in Columbia, where he and his brother George Scott continued in the millwright trade.
In 1840, the Scott brothers built a grist mill for Reuben Black on Hinkson Creek, 1 ½ miles south of Columbia. In 1841, they built a mill on Perche Creek, on the site where the existing Gillespie Bridge is located. The same year they built a mill for Hersh and Stapleton on Callahan Creek, seven miles north of Columbia on the old Gen. Hatton place.
In 1841, Robert married Ann H. Oldham of Boone County. They had seven children.
In the spring of 1842, Robert traveled to Iowa, where he built a lock on the Des Moines River. From there he returned to Boone County to farm and continued with mill construction.
In 1849, Scott went overland to California, where he engaged in trading, mining, and freighting.
Upon returning to Boone County in 1851, he purchased a 700-acre farm just west (5 miles) of Columbia and lived there the rest of his life.
During the Civil War, he was arrested and imprisoned for two months in Columbia on account of his Southern sympathies. He posted bond and was allowed to return to his farm home. In 1864, one of his sons, Lawrence, was killed while fighting for the Confederate army near Springfield, MO.
Robert Evans Scott was considered a very important Boone County citizen. He was very talented as a mill builder, an excellent farmer, and participated in the activities of the 1849 California gold rush as well as the Civil War. Naming Scott Boulevard after the Scott family was very appropriate given his impact on that part of the Columbia area and the size of his land holdings there.
Notes – this material came from the Boone County Historical Society and from records and writings of William Switzler.
There is also some information to support that a small "whistle stop" for the Missouri-Kansas-Texas (MKT) railway, called Turners Station, was located in this general area.
Today, Scott Blvd. is a vital transportation corridor for a rapidly growing residential and commercial area in western and southwestern Columbia. The Scott Blvd. corridor extends from State Route E on the northeast corner of Columbia, all the way south to State Route K at the current southwest corner of Columbia.
With rapid and continued growth in the west and southwest areas of Columbia and the surrounding area of Boone County, the need for improvements along the Scott Blvd. corridor has increased over the past 10 to 20 years. In response to those transportation needs, planning for the Scott Blvd. corridor has been underway for many years.
The Scott Blvd. corridor project is made up of a number of phases to accommodate design and funding.
In 2011 reconstruction and realignment of a portion of Scott Blvd. between West Broadway to just south of Gillespie Bridge Road, known as Phase I, was completed.
During that time, planning and design work on Phase II, from Bellview Dr. to Vawter School Road, was already in progress. The design work is almost complete, and in early 2014 Phase II construction will begin.
With Phase II construction ready to start, planning and design for Phase III, from Vawter School Road to Route KK is well underway with construction anticipated to start in 2016.
Scott Blvd. from roughly State Route KK south to State Route K was improved by a private developer through an annexation and development agreement in 2013.
The northern segment of Scott Blvd. from West Broadway to Route EE, has been studied and in 2011, a report finding no significant environmental impact on the proposed alignment and interchange at Scott Blvd. and I-70 was approved and signed. While a preferred route was identified, no funding source has been identified to proceed with either design or construction.
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