In this column we look back at historical places and times in Boone County.  This tornado went right through the streets of Columbia, devastating several stores and residences.

According to the Missouri Climate Center, Missouri recorded a total of 65 tornadoes in 2010, the eighth highest on record since 1950. On average, the Show-Me State experiences slightly more than 30 tornadoes a year, with a little less than 50% of them occurring during the months of April and May. Also, the majority of tornadoes (83%) occur between noon and midnight.

For this month’s contest for bragging rights, go to the Boone County Historical Society Facebook page at to submit your guess on the facts surrounding this photo.

The Boone County Historical Society does accept donations of historical photos. Let them know you are a Prime reader and your photo might be used in an upcoming issue, giving you credit for the photo. Give them a call or email

What year did this tornado occur and do you recognize the street devastated by this tornado? The first person to respond will be mentioned in next month’s Prime magazine.