Whiteley General Tire Store

Situated on the corner of downtown Columbia, this photo was estimated to have been taken in 1947.  This location was home to both the Copeland Service Station and the Whiteley General Tire Store. The Yellow Taxi fleet is shown in the photo. This Columbia street corner has been the site of a number of Columbia businesses, which is now a parking lot.

For this month’s contest for bragging rights, go to the Boone County Historical Facebook page at facebook.com/boonehistory or the Prime Facebook page at facebook.com/PrimeMagazineOnline/ to submit your guess.

Can you guess the location of this photo?  Do you have any recollections of the Whiteley General Tire Store or riding in taxis in Columbia? What were some of the businesses that previously were located on this corner?  Send us a paragraph about your memories and it might be included in next month’s issue. Email us a prime@insidecolumbia.net.


Reader Response:

In our August issue of Prime, we asked readers to submit their recollection of the Missouri Theatre. Reader Larry Babcock sent the following recollection about this magnificent building.

“I’ve recently served on the board of directors of the Missouri Symphony Society. I was extremely honored to lead the board in the naming rights of the Missouri Theatre auditorium after Maestro Hugo Vianello and his lovely wife Lucy in 2014. My announcement from the stage and the fond memories of the Vianello family is an honor that I will treasure forever. The Vianello’s founded the Missouri Symphony Society and the Women’s Symphony League many years ago and purchased the theatre for renovation. They have been instrumental in my involvement with the board and their contributions to the arts, music, our city and the historical preservation of the theatre will be forever engraved on the wall of the great treasure of the Missouri Theatre. Thank you Hugo and Lucy!”


Larry Babcock, Past President

Missouri Symphony Society